Youth 2.0: Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media

Announcing: Youth 2.0 International and Multidisciplinary Workshop: Connecting, Sharing, and Empowering? Affordances, Uses and Risks of Social Media
University of Antwerp, Belgium, March 20-22, 2013

CFP Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 30, 2012

This two-day workshop will investigate a number of relevant questions related to children’s, adolescents’ and emerging adults’ use of social media in general and social network sites in particular.

This international meeting consists of keynote lectures, presentations in parallel sessions and debates by senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer scholars a platform to present their research and exchange thoughts about their research findings.

The event is centered around four main themes: ‘identity construction’, ‘social relations’, ‘interests at stake’ and ‘supporting and empowering’.


The social web has become an integral part of young people’s lives. Adolescents, in particular, have enthusiastically taken to online and mobile applications that offer them the opportunity to create, share and consume content as well as to engage in online communication. Alongside (micro)blogs, video- and other content-sharing platforms, social network sites are especially used by young people as a communication tool in their everyday lives. By creating a (semi-)public or private profile they can interact with friends, make new acquaintances and exchange (user-generated) content. By offering them the opportunity to produce and share content, present themselves but also socialize and expand their networks, social network sites combine several affordances that are important for adolescents as they develop a unified sense of self and belonging.

This international multidisciplinary workshop will address a number of relevant questions related to the use of social media, particularly social network sites, by children, adolescents and young adults. We are interested in contributions from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives (survey, content analysis, discourse analysis, experiments, case studies, etc.) that examine the use of social media by young people. Contributions that focus on individual (age, gender, personality), social and cultural differences are welcomed.

Paper proposals from diverse scientific fields are welcomed, including e.g. communication studies, sociology, educational sciences, psychology, philosophy, political sciences, economics and marketing sciences, etc.


For more information on the Call for Papers, visit the Youth 2.0 Website. To submit, visit the online Submission form.