XVII Annual Conference of Youth Studies 2018

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Finnish Youth Research Society

Helsinki, Finland, 5–6 November 2018

The theme of the Annual Conference of Youth Studies 2018 is Youth Cultures and Wellbeing. Studying and understanding youth cultures has been an essential element of the youth research inquiry since it began 30 years ago.

This year’s conference will return to the theme which led to the establishment of the Youth Research Society in 1988, approaching youth cultures as a resource for young people and society. This challenges common perceptions of youth groups and cultures as sources of risks, problems and fear, viewing them instead as platforms for social relations, sociability, learning and participation, and thus wellbeing. The conference will analyse youth cultures from various angles, including the history and future of youth cultures as source of wellbeing.

The Youth Cultures and Wellbeing conference is the 17th Annual Conference of the Finnish Youth Research Society. At the same time, the conference is the highlight of the Youth Research Society’s 30th anniversary.