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Trent researchers take part in international symposium: Hidden Costs and Invisible Contributions

An international symposium to present and discuss interdisciplinary research findings on the hidden costs and invisible contributions of adults who are older or living with disabilities is being held at Trent University from June 8-10 2005.

The symposium brings together researchers from Australia, USA, UK, Holland and Canada and marks the midway point in a five year major collaborative research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SHHRC).

The $2.3 million project led by University of Alberta researcher Dr. Janet Fast, was announced in January 2003. Its overall objective is to create a deeper understanding of the place in society of those currently characterized as 'dependent,' specifically older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability.

Co-investigator and local organizer Dr. Jim Struthers, of Trent University, says the symposium will provide an important opportunity for researchers, partners in the community, Government representatives, policy analysts and graduate students to meet and discuss interdisciplinary perspectives on the costs and contributions of care within gendered, cultural, historical and theoretical contexts.

Maggie Quirt, a Trent PhD student will moderate the session "Stranger in a Foreign Land: the Use of Language and Terminology Across the Project," and Dr. Stephen Katz, chair of Sociology at Trent, will moderate "Disciplining Care: Defining Discussion".

Dr. Struthers, chair of Canadian Studies at Trent, will present "'They Suffered With Us and Should Be Compensated': Veterans Wives and Veterans Home Care in Canada, 1966-2004." Dr. Sally Chivers, of English Literature and Canadian Studies will present "Cutting Costs, Ending Contributions: Canadian Cultural Perspectives on Dying at Home" while Carole Roy, post-doctoral fellow and Ms. Quirt will discuss "'Hardened in the Broken Places': Leaving Home, Losing Home, and Care on the Streets." Alumna Melissa Webster, founder of Trent Students with Disabilities and their Allies, will also make a presentation.

For more information on the symposium, visit the project web site at www.hecol.ualberta.ca/HCIC/ and click on events.


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