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Jon Wagner - Alzheimer's, Dementia and Visual Literacy - 6/11/2019

About the lecture

Visual literacy skills can help sustain relationships with people who live with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These skills can also help enrich public understanding of the lives people are living with those diseases. In this talk I'll illustrate that dual potential with examples from two memory care facilities I’ve been visiting over the last ten years or so. During that time, care-givers, family members and residents helped me develop tools and strategies to address two key challenges: communicating with people who are living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia; and sharing what I learned about their lives with family, friends, care-givers and policy makers. This dual possibility raises fundamental questions about the visual dimensions of social policy, health care, and the self—questions that implicate our own lives as much as those of people who are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

About the speaker

Jon Wagner is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His current interests include the phenomenology of Alzheimer’s care, visual communication and the ‘visual commons’. His previous work focused on children’s material culture, qualitative and visual research methods, school change and the social and philosophical foundations of education. He authored Misfits and Missionaries: A School for Black Dropouts(1977) and edited Images of Information: Still Photography in the Social Sciences (1979) and ‘Seeing Kids’ Worlds’ a special issue of Visual Sociology (1999). He is a past president of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) and was founding image editor of Contexts (2001–4).

Practical information

SW Lecture:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 15.00-16.30 aula M.005 (de Meerminne, St-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp)
Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory

Organised by the Visual & Digital Cultures Research Center