New Agendas on Youth and Young Adulthood Conference

Announcing: New Agendas on Youth and Young Adulthood: Youth Studies Conference
University of Glasgow, April 8-10, 2013

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The Journal of Youth Studies has always been at the cutting edge of the subject area, stimulating theoretical debate and publishing world class empirical studies. Now, after fifteen years of Youth Studies, it is time to take stock: to look back at our achievements and to explore the agendas that will take us forward over the next decade.

This is the first conference sponsored by the journal, and we hope that you will join us – in our home at Glasgow University – to help us map out the future and address some of the big issues facing young people in a world where opportunities are frequently lacking. Ultimately, we want you, as youth researchers, to come and focus on improving the lives of young people in contemporary societies.

The programme will include a mix of keynotes by leading researchers in the field, roundtable sessions focused on topical issues and theoretical concerns, and themed paper sessions. We encourage both new and experienced researchers and people from the Global South as well as the Global North.

We can offer three days of stimulating debate and lively company in the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, and, for those with time to spare before or after the conference, the opportunity to see something of the Scottish countryside.

Registration is now open. Costs are kept to reasonable levels and we offer accommodation to suit all pockets. Special rates will be offered to postgraduate students and participants from the Global South.

At this stage, we are inviting proposals for themed sessions. In the first instance, please send a proposal (one page maximum) for a themed, 90 minute, session to Andy Furlong. We are not setting a closing date, but we will make our first selections in early October and will close the call when we are satisfied with the proposed portfolio of sessions.

Keynote Speakers

Mary C. Brinton is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and Departmental Chair. Mary has written on gender inequality, education, labour markets and economic sociology. Mary’s recent book, Lost in Transition (Cambridge), focuses on the impact of social and economic change on Japanese youth.

Tim Newburn, Professor or Criminology and Social Policy and Head of the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Tim is one of the UKs leading criminologists and has a strong interest in youth offending. He led the LSE team that conducted a major investigation into the causes of the recent UK urban disorders, ‘Reading the Riots’ involving interviews with young people who took part in the disorders. The findings were serialised in the Guardian newspaper.

Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and formerly Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Guy’s recent book, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury), explores the consequences of the transformation of work and labour: a trend that has important implications for young people.

Contact Us

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