Mixed Method Multimedia Storytelling: Surfacing Intrasectional Knowledge and New Possibilities for Aging

November 26, 2019

Dr. Nadine Changfoot
Trent University - Political Studies

“Successful” aging biopedagogies comprise expert instruction for health and wealth as people grow into older lives. Growing old without aging, without physical decline and/or income issues, becomes normative for living, creating an inadequate success/decline binary for lived experiences of aging. During the project “Aging Vitalities,” short multimedia documentaries were created by diverse older persons using mixed method multimedia storytelling. A selection of these documentaries will be screened, attuning to the intrasectional knowledge and new possibilities of aging they surface.


Nadine Changfoot is associate professor in Political Studies and affiliated with Cultural Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Canadian and Indigenous Studies, and Sustainability Studies at Trent University, Trent University Teaching Fellow, Faculty in the Trent Centre for Aging and Society, and Senior Research Associate with Re•Vision: The Centre of Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph. She engages in feminist, participatory and arts-based research, partnering with arts, environmental, disability, aging, healthcare, and Indigenous communities for influence, capacity-building, and new possibilities. She is a streamlead of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to life (a 7 year SSHRC funded university-community partnership of over two dozen organizations, including Age Friendly Peterborough, Mysterious Entity Theatre, and GreenUP). She has published widely in philosophy, political science, health, engaged scholarship, and community development. She co-produces short digital documentaries and has directed two short documentary films which have been screened at ReFrame Film Festival. This year, she devised and co-created her first dance/movement performance piece for Alternating Currents in July 2019 with two long time disability artist-collaborators.

photo of Dr. Nadine Changfoot