The Annual Conference of Youth Studies

Helsinki

Global Responsibility in Youth Research

The XV Annual Conference of Youth Studies will be organised in Helsinki on 7-8 November 2016.

There are more young people than ever before in the world. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) there are 1.8 billion young people aged 10 to 24 years, and the figure is expected to reach 2 billion by 2050. Approximately 85 per cent of young people live in the developing countries of the Global South. Societies of the Global South as well as the relations between the South and the North have gained only minor attention in the Western media, and in its politics and youth studies. However, global migration has highlighted the uneven demographic structure and the unequal opportunities of young people in a drastic way. Particularly children and young people are on the move.

In the XV Annual Conference of Finnish Youth Studies: Global Responsibility in Youth Research, global migration and movement will be addressed from the perspective of young people and youth studies. The conference aims at critical discussion about the global responsibility of youth research. The focus of youth studies will be challenged by questioning the geographical emphasis and methodological premises of Western youth studies. The key issues addressed in the conference will include youth radicalization, issues related to the young asylum seekers in Europe, as well as the everyday life and the future opportunities of young people living in conflict- and crisis-affected regions. In the globalized world both ideas and people move across borders. The conference will also pay attention to the effects of global dynamics in Europe.

According to the United Nations Security Council resolution of December 2015, young people should be should be actively engaged in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels. Throughout the world young people should have opportunities for a meaningful life, for building their capabilities and for employment.  In the forthcoming conference we wish to encourage youth researchers to explore young people’s agency and participation under challenging circumstances.

Please see the conference website for more information: www.youthresearch.fi/research/the-annual-conference-of-youth-studies