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Research in Aging – Dispelling myths and building bridges

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Harbour Restaurant

53 Yonge St

Kingston, Ontario K7M 6G4


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This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Queen's University for up to 4.25 Mainpro+ credits.


This one-day symposium is sponsored by the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University. Faculty of Arts and Science Dean, Barbara Crow PhD is hosting this symposium to engage researchers and community members in a discussion around the experiences and needs of older adults in the first half of the twenty-first century. You must register in advance to attend.

Participants will include faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral scholars from Queen’s University, Trent University and Concordia University. The entire day is open to the public. An indigenous elder has been invited to open the symposium which will include academic presentations and micro-presentations by emerging scholars. Student posters will be on display throughout the day.

Lisa F. Carver PhD (postdocoral fellow, Faculty of Arts and Science) can be contacted at if you have any questions about the event or poster abstract submission.

If you plan to attend, you must register before April 19th 2018


9:30 – 10:00 am Registration | Poster Set-up | Refreshments

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome | Indigenous Elder MishiiKenh Vernon Altiman opens the symposium

10:15 – 11:00 am Keynote address - Kim Sawchuk PhD
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Concordia University
Title of Talk: A Digital Solution? : Public consultations and the age- friendly city agenda

In February 2018, the city of Montreal held a public consultation process ahead of the adoption of its Age Friendly City (AFC) Action Plan. In the face of a public consultation riddled with accessibility and representation issues, the city explained that a digital survey on its website was the antidote. It would allow all seniors to partake in the public consultation “from the comfort of their own homes”. This presentation will discuss how critically informed research on digital technologies mattered, and allowed a team of researchers to play a role in the AFC consultation, both as vocal critics and as research allies of community organizations.

11:00 – 11:45 am Presentation – Professor Mark Rosenberg PhD
Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University
Title of talk: The changing geography of the older population: A map to the future challenges Canada faces

While an increasing number of policy and decision makers are finally recognizing that the older population is a growing part of the Canadian population, the size or the make-up of the older population is much more geographically complex than many realize. Using the online interactive Atlas of the Aging Population of Canada developed by the Geographies of Aging Projects Laboratory (GAPLab), some of this complexity will be illustrated and what it means for the future will be discussed

11:45 – 1:00 pm Poster Session | Lunch | Networking

1:00 – 1:45 pm Presentation – Professor Barbara Marshall PhD
Department of Sociology, Trent University
Title of talk: Romancing “successful aging”: gender, (hetero)sexuality and dilemmas of difference

In this presentation, I explore ways in which the contemporary cultural enthusiasm for ‘sexy seniors’, while challenging old stereotypes of decrepitude and decline, introduces new ways of disciplining later life. Through a critique of the heteronormative assumptions that underpin both media representations of later life and anti-aging biomedical initiatives, I argue that a limiting and binary understanding of gender and sexuality shapes dominant understandings of ‘success’ in aging. In conclusion, I suggest that critical age studies should build on its existing affinities with feminist and queer theories to enrich its analyses and better promote diversity in aging experiences and identities.

1:45 – 2:45 Micro Presentations – Emerging Scholars

Constance Lafontaine PhD Candidate
Communication Studies, Concordia University

Kyle Plumb PhD Candidate
Geography, Queen’s University

Faizan Imtiaz PhD Candidate
Psychology, Queen’s University

Lisa F. Carver PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University

2:45 – 3:00 Break | Networking | Refreshments

3:00 – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks – Dean Barbara Crow PhD
Title of talk: Research in Aging – Dispelling myths and building bridges


If you are interested in presenting a poster, please email the abstract (300 words or less, any format)

POSTER ABSTRACTS - DEADLINE EXTENDED! must be received by April 10th 2018.
You will be notified by April 13th if your poster submission was successful.

Poster presenters must register for and attend the symposium.

For more information and to submit poster abstracts please contact Dr. Carver at


Where is the symposium being held?

Kingston's Portsmouth Olympic harbour is the setting for The Harbour Restaurant. The restaurant is on the second floor and is completely accessible.

What are my parking options for the event?

There is free parking directly behind the Portsmouth Harbour building

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Dr. Carver at

What's the refund policy?

7 days: Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date

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