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Youth in Motion: Spatializing Youth Movement(s) in the Social Sciences
April 20th 2011 | 2 comment(s)

 University College London (UCL) (UK) Thursday 16th June 2011

The UCL Youth Geographies Research Group (YGRG) is calling for participation and papers for the above event to take place at the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL) on Thursday 16th June 2011.

Social science research frequently implicates movement(s) when examining the nature, meaning and experience of space and place. Exploring movement(s) itself/themselves can be as revealing of human lives as the sites in and across which they are located. Focusing on the perspectives of youth, this workshop aims to explore the ways in which young people define, experience, initiate or resist movement(s), and the ways that we as social scientists understand/research them. Taking notions of movement, motion and mobility in their broadest senses and at a variety of scales, we extend the reach of the workshop to encompass discussion on themes such as;

-young bodies and corporeality
-spatial freedom and restriction
-travel and migration
-emotional and developmental transition
-youth subjectivities and narratives in flux
-socio-economic and cultural inequalities of participation and engagement
-contested spaces of belonging and exclusion

Rather than structuring the workshop around paper sessions, we are keen to foster open discussion and critical engagement with key conceptual and methodological questions relating to research on youth movement(s). The day will include a keynote panel discussion and interactive sessions where all participants will be encouraged to share aspects of their work. We are therefore eliciting submissions in the form of short (five minute) position papers concisely outlining a personal research project, question, problem or theme, coupled with key questions to be discussed by workshop participants. Position paper submissions are not a prerequisite to attend, but we would encourage prospective participants to do so in the interest of generating vibrant discussion.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to Caitlin O’Neill Gutierrez at c.o’ or James Esson at no later than 5pm on Monday 9th May 2011.


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