Head of Department, Fausto Colombo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Presentation title: Something old in the new. Something new in the old. Elderly learning in the digital mediascape
Fausto Colombo is head of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
He’s full professor of Media communication theory and Politics and Media, coordinator of the bachelor degree’s course in Communication and society and director of the Master in Communication, Digital Marketing and Interactive Advertising. He was representative professor at Italian Switzerland University (Lugano) from 2013 to 2016, and visiting professor at Celsa, Université Sorbonne (Paris) in 2014 and Université Lumière in Lyon in 2018. He was also holder of the Unesco Chair in International Communication at Université Stendhal in Grenoble in 2015.
In 1994 he created OssCom – Media and Communication research centre of the Università Cattolica in Milan, which he directed for 18 years, from 1994 to 2012.
He was member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) Executive Board from 2012 to 2016, and he’s actually member of the directive committee of Film, Media and Visual studies section of the European Academy.
He’s being studying the bounds between digitalisation phenomena and generation or age group belonging, also thanks to the increasing collaboration with a net of colleagues in Italy and Europe.
A long series of national and international researches allowed him to practice several empirical studies, using both surveys and qualitative methods (in particular focus groups, in depth interviews, ethnography in presence and through online techniques).
In 2013 he coordinated am articulated research project named “I don’t want to be retired”: life lengthening, generational challenges and an opportunity for society (2013-2016)”, financed by Università Cattolica through a competitive internal announcement.
He’s actually Italian coordinator of the Harvest project (“eHealth and Ageing in Rural Areas: transforming Everyday Life, Digital Competences, and Technology”), together with Finnish and Swedish researchers, financed through a call of the European plan “Ageing and Place in a Digitising World - 2017”.