Stop the Clock - Spread over three days and located on the new Ulster University campus in Belfast.
The conference promises both international scholarly debates and exchange in critical youth studies and opportunities to immerse in the rich political and cultural life of the city. Participants will be able to engage with research papers, community tours, reflective discussion and networking opportunities with academics and practitioners interested in youth and young adulthood.
In a period of rapid social change and political and economic turbulence, the conference provides the opportunity to ‘stop the clock’ and make sense of what is going on for young people now - and to consider prospects for the future.
Young people today are experiencing a unique set of obstacles: climate crisis; social division and unrest; growing local and global inequalities; the intensification of precarity in and outside of working life; instability in world economy; the aftermath of a global pandemic - all of which shape the world that they are growing up in and how they make sense of themselves and their futures. For some, there is a growing sense of hopelessness, anxiety and uncertainty and sometimes a lack of confidence in political institutions and leaders, which can intensify feelings of chaos and crisis.
Turbulent times can lead to shifts in world view. New, innovative responses to challenges emerge. Technology, for example, combines with youth culture to give voice to new forms of resistance and activism. In a 24/7 digitally connected world, local struggles can gain global traction. Featuring paper presentations, panel sessions and key note lectures from leading academics, this conference brings people together to take a snapshot view of the here and now of contemporary youth research, policy and practice.
Within this context, we look forward to receiving proposals for papers for the conference. Papers may focus on the areas listed below, however, this is not an exhaustive list.
Youth and inequality – in local and/ or global context
Young people, war and (post)conflict
Past, present and future in critical youth studies: agendas for change
The challenges of youth transitions to adulthood
Inequalities, differences and divisions in youth: old and ‘new’
Youth in crisis: a rising tide of mental ill-health?
Global North and Global South: debates and research in critical youth studies
Change and continuity in youth culture
Young people and social media: powers for good and powers for bad
Youth politics and resistance
Youth and Young People in Northern Ireland: lessons we can learn and lessons we can share
Sexuality and identity
Poverty and exclusion in youth and young adulthood
What’s ‘best’ and what’s ‘worst’ practice in youth work and youth policy
Education: class reproduction, social exclusion, social mobility