Youth in the 21st Century: Multiplicity And Difference
The conference is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Youth Studies (CYS). Applications are open by June 10, 2019.
This conference focuses on multiplicity and difference among contemporary youth. If at the end of the 20th century, the notion of multiplicity was welcomed - appearing to promise the “freedom of diversity” and “recognition of difference” beyond the constraints of pre-specified classifications, criteria and boundaries - today it raises more questions than answers. Have we achieved a world in which plurality is fully recognised, where all have the right to be different and unique? Are we the creators of our own biographical projects or do we remain bound within a structurally determined life course? Can the multiplicity of individualized subjects become the basis of new solidarity?
At the heart of this conference is the commitment of CYS research to overcome an understanding of young people that problematises, marginalises and generalises their experiences. The focus on ‘multiplicity’ in the conference will allow us, rather, to recognise among youth multiple subjects who exert their agency, but at the same time, experience their life in certain structural conditions. Through this lens, we aim to build a comprehensive picture of youth practices, identities, experiences, modes of participation and their meanings and to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that young people have in today's global and local contexts.
For more information and registration, please visit the webpage of the event.