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HSE Campus in St. PetersburgEventsInternational conference «Urban youth cultures: solidarities, creativity, activism»

International conference «Urban youth cultures: solidarities, creativity, activism»

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Youth (sub)cultural practices and communities are often stigmatized by the state, those working in education and parents as a source of danger and threat. The goal of the conference is to analyze the diversity of youth cultural activities and to explore them as a space for education, maturation, experimentation, protest, creative activity and communication. In particular, the conference will focus on the following: new agents, practices and meanings of youth cultural scenes; youth (sub)cultures, solidarities, scenes: in search of new approaches; methods and rhetoric of the deproblematization of youth and their cultural activities; conflict-free areas, processes and practices in youth cultural scenes; development of urban public spaces by youth cultural communities; youth cultural scenes as places for conflict and interaction across gender, generational, class, religious and ethnic divides, and as places for overcoming these differences; global and local youth cultural forms, Russian youth in a comparative perspective; young migrants in youth cultural spaces.

Plenary presentations at the conference:

Prof. Vadim Radaev (first vice-rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics) ‘Millenials comparing to the previous generations: an empirical analysis’

Prof. Elena Omelchenko (CYS NRU HSE, Russia) ‘Regional differences of urban youth cultural scenes in Russia’

Prof. Hilary Pilkington, Dr. Ajmal Hussain (Manchester university, UK) ‘The challenges of multicultural living for young people in post 7/7 Britain'

Prof. Viggo Vestel (Researcher at NOVA, Section for Youth Research, Ph.D. University of Oslo) «Youth, generation gaps and extremism. Radical right wing positions versus radical Islam among young people in contemporary Norway, through the lens of liminality»

 The conference is hosted by the Centre for Youth Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics http://sh.spb.hse.ru/youth/  which has conducted a large number of projects in the area of youth studies. Some of the main thematic areas of work for the CYS are:  youth cultures and solidarities, citizenship and historical memory, youth activism, youth employment and consumption, corporeal identities of young people, ethnic and religious youth, and nationalism and xenophobia amongst young people.

For further information, please contact: youth.hse.spb@gmail.com

The languages of the conference: Russian and English