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CFP for ESA RN30 midterm conference ‘(Being) Young in context. Concepts, contexts and comparisons in youth studies’ 13-16 Sep 2018, Serbia

ESA RN 30 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference 2018

(Being) Young in context. Concepts, contexts and comparisons in youth studies


13-16 September 2018, at Silver Lake (near Belgrade), Serbia


Call for Papers


As youth researchers we claim to “know” young people by placing them in socio-cultural contexts, using conceptual lenses and comparing them with each other across space and time. While the reflexive turn has sensitized youth researchers in using these analytical tools there is a risk, as Johanna Wyn (2015) points out, that some of them become orthodoxies and naturalize particular ways of thinking about, problematizing and celebrating young people.The debates on how to reform youth research vary from demands to step from the “fetish of the present” and take a longer-term process view (Goodwin and O’Connor, 2015) to criticism about treating young individuals as people-in-the-making and equating youth with futurity (e.g. Foster & Spencer, 2011). Rapid social change is challenging the relevance of old concepts and there is a constant need to be reflexive towards the concepts and traveling discourses we use to understand young people’s experiences in a given socio-cultural setting and historical circumstances. Further, while all sociology can be argued to be implicitly comparative there is a need to be alert to the practices of implicit and explicit comparisons across generations, cohorts, historical periods, gender, class and locations. It is thus important to reflect whether some cases are “smuggled in” as comparative ones (Gerring 2016) and ask what is the reasoning for selecting certain kinds of cases as the point of reference with which to compare our data.

In this mid-term conference the participants are invited to direct their research gaze to sociological practices, diversity of contexts, relevance of concepts and the specificities of a comparative approach. We call for reflective, concept-driven papers focusing on the multiple experiences of youth from postgraduate students, early-career and established scholars. Papers with empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches are equally welcomed.


Key note speakers:


  • Professor Sarah Irwin, University of Leeds, UK
  • Professor Smiljka Tomanovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia




Participants interested in giving a paper are invited to submit an abstract up to 300 words as electronic file by the deadline of midnight (GMT) Sunday 18 March 2018. The abstract should be sent by email both to Dragan Stanojevic and to Sanna Aaltonen The information requested in abstract submission includes:

1)      Name(s), affiliation(s) and email address of all authors;

2)      Contact details of presenting author (postal address and telephone in addition to email);

3)      Title of the proposed presentation;

4)      Abstract text up to 300 words;

5)      Indication of preferred type of fee (single or double room)


Location and conference fee:


The conference venue is located in a lake approximately 100 km South-East of Belgrade at Danubia Park Hotel

The transport from Belgrade to the conference venue is arranged by the local organisers and the cost is included in the conference fee.

** For more detailed CFP please visit the homepage of RN30 and click the tab “Present conference” **