Bringing the voice of the elderly onstage: an ethnodrama on everyday lived experience of living in a nursing home

1 Oct 2019
Dr. Catharina Von Koskull, Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor, University of Vaasa, Finland

In this seminar Dr Catharina Von Koskull looked at how participatory approaches and creative methodologies such as ethnodrama and ethnography can assist in representing participant experiences and voice to positively impact policy makers, socio-education of social care and eldercare professionals and the general public.

The presentation detailed the participatory process and findings of an ethnographic study conducted in a Finnish eldercare setting. The collaborative process of translating the findings into an ethnodrama was outlined, along with videos of the results performed by professional actors. The presentation concluded with a discussion of how ethnodrama might be used in dialogue with policy makers and in the socio-education of health and care professionals.

The seminar was hosted by the ISS21 Caring Working Group and the Department of Management and Marketing. For further information, please contact the Caring Working Group co-chairs: Dr. Jacqui O' Riordan ( or Dr. Carol Kelleher (

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30