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Anniversary International Conference of the Centre for Youth Studies (HSE – Saint-Petersburg)

Youth in the 21st Century: Multiplicity And Difference

The conference is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Youth Studies

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.

We propose to discuss the “multiplicity” of young people within or outside the following topics:

  • Youth cultures, subcultures, scenes, and solidarities;
  • Youth in the new economy and labour market;
  • Civic engagement and political participation;
  • Digital youth;
  • Sexuality, body, and gender in youth studies;
  • Migrations and mobilities;
  • Religion, ethnicity, and identity;
  • Youth in the city;
  • Youth and generations.

Программа мероприятия

October 18
Ul. Souza Pechatnikov, 16

Welcoming coffee

Hall, 4th floor

Opening of the conference, room 309

Welcome speech by Maxim Khomyakov, Deputy Director of HSE-St.Petersburg (eng)

Plenary session, room 309

Elena Omelchenko (HSE - St. Petersburg). City as a scene. Youth profiles of Russian cities: from St. Petersburg to Ulan-Ude (rus)

Hilary Pilkington (The Universityof Manchester). Polarisation and Extremism in the 21st century: Are young people the problem or the solution? (eng)

Coffee break

Hall, 4th floor

12.10- 14.10
Session «Young people in the field of politics» (rus, english translation), room 303

Moderator Evgenia Lukyanova 

Kruzhkova Olga, Vorobyeva Irina,  Porozov Roman (Ural State Pedagogical University). Marginalization as a characteristics of modern political practices of young people (rus)

Blinova Olesya, Gorbunova Yulia (Ural State Pedagogical University). «Park» conflict in Yekaterinburg: marginal digital political practices of young people (rus)

Simonova Irina (Ural State Pedagogical University). Youth social and political strategies: between D.I.Y. and institutional formats (rus)

Kelasiev Oleg (St. Petersburg University). The attitude of St. Petersburg's youth tothe activities of local governments (rus)

Platonov Konstantin, Legostaeva Natalia (St. Petersburg University). Comprehensive analysis of the protest potential of Russianyouth (rus)

12.10- 14.10
Session «Young people in the field of work and leisure», (eng-rus), room 309a

Moderator Krupets Yana

Nartova Nadya (Centre for Youth Studies HSE - St.Petersburg). Between "work as life" and "life as work": work-life balance in the context of the life course of young creative entrepreneurs in modern Russia (eng)

Arif Elvira, Kuzminova Tamara (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).Young entrepreneurs in the creative cluster: case "Golitsyn-loft" (eng)

Irina Olympieva (Centre for Independent Social Research).  "You're against corruption as long as it's not playing in your favor." How do Russian youth feel about corruption? (eng)

Sablina Anastasia, Krupets Yana, Vigovskaya Hanna  (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).  Youth in the Russian Labor Market: a complex analysis of employment cycle in the regional contexts (eng)

Demidenko Svetlana (State Academic University for the Humanities). Youth outside the studying and employment: a form of modern escapism or adaptation? (rus) 

12.10- 14.10
Session «Young people in the digital field» (rus), room 309b

Moderator Garifzyanova Albina

Maksimova Olga (Kazan University). "Digital Aborigines" and "Digital Immigrants": Generation Gap or Collaboration? (rus)

Marakasova  Anastasia (Novosibirsk State University),  Radnaeva Aryuna (Higher School of Economics). "Digital Aborigines" in the perception of the phenomenon online: everyday life and postmodernity (rus). 

Zykova Maria (Novosibirsk State University). Practices and Rules in Social Media: The Context of Digital Generations (rus)

Ardalyanova Anna (Far Eastern Federal University).  Applying Case Study strategy in a study of online practices of children from migrant families in Asia-Pacific countries (rus)

Tukina Darya (St. Petersburg University).  Russian-language segment of forum role-playing games: growing up or complication? (rus)

Lunch time

Lunch is not covered by the organizers

Move to another site

Griboedov channel embankment, 123 A

15.10 – 16.30
Research documentary (eng-rus), room 401

"Stories by /non/ordinary youth", directed  by Omelchenko Dmitri (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).

Coffee break

Hall, 4th floor

Session «Creative fields of inter-ethnic interaction – 1» (rus, english translation), room 302

Moderator Omelchenko Elena

Andreeva Yulia (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE – SPB, Research Center "Region").  Similarities and differences on youth  cultural scenes: regional aspect (rus).

Garifzyanova Albina (Kazan University). The image of the city in Kazan rap (rus).

Yasaveev Iskender* (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB), Goncharova Natalia (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB; Research Center "Region"). "Strengtheningthe country" or "just do not want to betray them any more": designing the meanings of search work in Russia by the authorities and participants of expeditions (rus)

Lukyanova Evgenia (Research Center “Region”). "Believe and that’s’ all!" or how to understand the religiosity of young people when they do not go to church (rus)

* Iskender Yasaveev включен Минюстом в список физлиц, выполняющих функции иностранного агента.

Session «Youth and civic engagement» (eng), room 316

Moderator Krupets Yana

Andersen Patrick Lie (Norwegian Social Science - Oslo Metropolitan University). Political engagement and participation among young people. A cross-region comparison of the importance of social class in Europe (eng)

Khaleghipour Maryam (Tehran University, faculty of social sciences).  Can Youth Decrease Ethnic Tensions: A Qualitative Research (eng)

Erpyleva Svetlana (The School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen; Public Sociology Laboratory).  Active Citizens Under Eighteen: How Adolescents may Participate in Politics?(eng)

Ait El Caid, Hamid (Together as One for Community Development (NGO).  Integration of Youth in the policy and decision making :Stories from the GlobalSouth (eng)

Session «Youth in the field of identities» (rus), room 408

Moderator Epanova Yulia

Shilnikova Lada (Higher School of Economics - St. Petersburg).  The attitude of non-heteronormative youth to the “Side by Side" film festival asa factor in the construction of identity

Andreeva Anastasia (Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg).  Restructuring the gender hierarchy of the "failed generation" in Japan andthe Republic of Korea 

Belorukova Linara (Higher School of Economics – St. Petersburg). How do young teachers understand the role of teachers and identify themselves as in everyday life? (rus)

Svirshchevskaya Anna (Higher School of Economics).  Hybrid and non-hybrid scenarios of adaption to career planning of youngRussians (rus)

October 19
Griboedov channel embankment, 123 a

Welcoming coffee

Hall, 4th floor

09.30 – 10.50
Plenary Session, room 402

Jo Deakin (The University of Manchester). Stories of resistance: understanding and celebrating young people's multiplicity and difference (eng)

Päivi Honkatukia (Tampere University). Encountering multiplicity and difference among youth - experiences and interpretations from the research field (eng)

Coffee break

Hall, 4th floor

11.00 – 11.50
Roundtable «Vorkuta: In Search of Local Identity» (rus, english translation), room 402

Moderator Nadezhda Nartova

Round Table is dedicated to discussing the results of the research expedition conducted in July 2019 by the Center for Youth Studies. The roundtable will present reports based on the analysis of semi-structured interviews and field notes collected during the expedition. The focus of the roundtable will be on the following issues: 

  • how does the idea of migration affect the life path of young Vorkutins and their relations with the city? 

  • how does the representation of the city relate to the attitude of young people to the city and their local identity? 

  • Is there a certain historical memory in the city of Vorkuta and what is it, what features and functions? 

The discussion will be led by the students of the Higher School of Economics - Bachelors of «Sociology and Social Informatics», «History» and MA students of «Modern Social Analysis» program.

Opening of photo exhibition «VORKUTA IS A CAPITAL OF THE WORLD» (based on the result of the expedition)

Hall, 4th floor

11.50 - 12.10
Coffee break

Hall, 4th floor

Session «Young people in the field of consumption» (rus), room 302

Moderator Arif Elvira

Litvina Daria (European University in St. Petersburg). Authenticity in (sub)cultures: between the market, the Internet and sincerity (rus)

Manokin Michael (Perm State University; Higher School of Economics - Perm).  Papushina Julia (Higher School of  Economics - Perm).  Eaters, omnivores and indifferent to music: what do musical preferences say? (rus)

Yulia Belova (Higher School of Economics - Moscow).  Rejection of alcohol in the autobiographies of millennials (the case of former alcohol addicts) (rus)

Novokreshenov Maxim, Shepetina Ksenia (Higher School of Economics - Moscow).  Consumer culture of visitors to Moscow hookahs (rus)

Petrova Alexandra (Higher School of Economics - St.Petersburg). Characteristics of coffee consumption outside among the youth of St.Petersburg (rus)

Session «Political views of modern youth: the international and Russian context» (rus), room 408

Moderator Kasamara Valeria

Sorokina Anna, Maksimenkova Marina (Higher School of Economics - Moscow). Shame and pride in the collective memory of Russian, American, British and Japanese youth (rus)

Katrich Anastasia, Shilina Anna (Higher School of Economics - Moscow).  Perception by Russian and Korean students of South Korea and Russia (rus)

Krasnopolskaya Irina, Korneeva Irina, Guseva Polina (Higher School of Economics - Moscow). Youth involvement in volunteering on the example of episodic volunteering (rus)

Hakimova Lilia, Iskenderova Anastasia (Higher School of Economics - Moscow). Community vs Territory: Regional Identity and Migration Sentiment of Magadan Youth (rus)

Session «Other Youth»: in the field of alternative scenarios (rus), room 201

Moderator Sablina Anastasia

Batalova Kseniya (European University in St. Petersburg).  Borders of solidarity and the construction of social order in the Russian community “Rainbow” (rus)

Irina Lisovskaya (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).  Adolescent relationships in conflict with the law and  "adult" in special institutions (rus)

Kuziner Eugenia (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).  Homeless, homey, shelty: the voices of young homeless women in the lodgings of  St. Petersburg (rus)

Vorobyeva Irina, Kruzhkova Olga  (Ural State Pedagogical University). Vandalism asa strategy for young people to interact with the urban environment (rus)

Babikova Marina (Ural State Pedagogical University). Vandalism and youth: a linguistic description experience (rus)

Lunch time

Lunch is not covered by the organizers

Session «Creative Fields of Inter-ethnic Interaction – 2» (rus, english translation), room 302

Moderator Omelchenko Elena

Arif Elvira (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB). Ulan-Ude Youth Scene at the Crossroads of Global, Urban and Rural Cultures (rus)

Vygovskaya Anna (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB), Radnaeva Aryuna (HSE).  Ethnicity and mobility: the experience and perspectives of Buryat youth (rus)

Kravtsova Alena (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB). Ulan-Ude Dance Scene: A Caseof Social Dance (rus)

Polyakov Sviatoslav (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB). From gangs to anime: mapping the youth cultural space of Elista (rus)

Session «Young citizens and youth activism» (eng), room 408

Moderator Epanova Yulia

Lonkila Markku (University of Jyväskylä). Social media vanguard: Young Finns' social and political activism in social media (eng)

Mulari Heta (Finnish Youth Research Society). "Why is it so that it's poi that makes one hippie?" Social, Embodied and Spatial Resistance in Helsinki based Flow Art Community (eng)

Lukinmaa Pauliina (University of Eastern Finland).  Queer in St Petersburg LGBTQ+ activist movement: from gender politics to boundary-work (eng)

Jašina-Schäfer Alina (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany). Beyond the Wall of Silence: Russian LGBTTeensNegotiating Citizenship Identities Online (eng)

Session «Young people in search of a way: migration and professional strategies» (rus), room 201

Moderator Goncharova Natalia

Rocheva Anna, Varshaver Evgeny, Ivanova Natalia (RANEPA). Leave, can't stay: migration plans of young people with different migration backgrounds in Russia (rus)

Mastikova Natalia (The Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences; State Academic University for the Humanities). Attitudes towards migrants through the prism of the values of Russian youth (rus)

Kosmidis Elizaveta (Higher School of Economics - Moscow). Migrant Youth: Experience of External Migration to Moscow (example of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) (rus)

Gibadullina Milyausha (Center for Islamic Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan). Life strategies of young Muslims receiving professional religious education (example of the Republic of Tatarstan) (rus)

16.30-16. 45
Coffee break

Hall, 4th floor

Session «Young people in the field of culture and meanings» (rus), room 302

Moderator Andreeva Yulia

Vrublevskaya Polina (St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Åbo Akademi University). "I do not seek to save my soul, but just strive to understand what my soul is like": spiritual quests of Russian students (rus)

Romanenko Ksenia (Higher School of Economics - Moscow). Reenactorsof the Early Middle Ages: living the "right" past (rus)

Maslenkova Natalia (Samara National Research University, Information analytical center of Samara region)."Shovels. Shovels. Shovels". Interpretation of the texts aboutthe Great Patriotic War in the final essays on the general exam on the Russian language (rus)

Arutyunova Ekaterina (The Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences).  Children of the “National Concept of Education”: Transforming Language Policy and Ethno-Language Behaior in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (rus)

Session «Dialog about radicalization and equality» (eng), room 408

Moderator Hilary Pilkington

Dechesne Mark (Leiden University).  Radicalisation in Europe: Overview and findings from the project "Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality" (eng)

Franc Renata, Tomislav Pavlovi (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar).  The relationship between inequality and radicalization - insights based on syntheses of existing empirical studies (eng)

Sablina Anastasia (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).  "The Production of Meanings of (Non)Radicalization among Cossacks in Saint-Petersburg in the Context of Militarization of the State" (eng)

Polyakov Svyatoslav, Epanova Yulia   (Centre for Youth Studies, HSE - SPB).  Understanding of radicalism and extremism among the second generation of North Caucasian urban youth (eng)

Closing the conference, room 402