Call for Participation: UCL Youth Geographies Research Group (YGRG)
Workshop, Thursday 16th June 2011
‘Youth in Motion: Spatializing Youth Movement(s) in the Social Sciences’
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
■ 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
■ 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.
Position paper abstracts plus proposed discussion questions (totalling no
more than 200 words) should be sent to Caitlin O’Neill Gutierrez at
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Monday 9th May.
This is a free event but places are limited and registration is required.
The workshop will take place between 9.30am-5pm on Thursday 16th June in
the Department of Geography, Pearson Building, University College London,
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. Lunch will be provided.
This workshop is organised by the UCL Youth Geographies Research Group
based in the Department of Geography, University College London.
We hope that the workshop will provide a platform for those working across
the Social Sciences to network, share ideas and engage critically with a
host of common ‘youth’ themes, whilst also contributing to a ‘mapping’ of
where we stand together on youth research today.
Rebecca Collins, PhD candidate
Department of Geography
University College London
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