Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Participant List



Femi Adekunle

University College London

Nicola Ansell

Brunel University

Tamsin Barber

Oxford Brookes University

Charis Boutieri

Kings College London

Clare Choak

University of Greenwich

Rebecca Collins

University College London

Nicola De Martini

University of Amsterdam

Gary Downing

University of Reading

Cameron Duff

Monash University

Claire Dwyer

University College London

James Esson

University College London

Falma Fshazi

EHESS (Paris) and Bogazici University

Stefanie Gregorius

Loughborough University

Peter Hopkins

University of Newcastle

Kim Kullman

University of Helsinki

Louise Laverty

University of Liverpool

Felipe Mendez

McGill University

Kate Moles

Cardiff University

Caitlin O’Neill Gutierrez

University College London

Susan Pringle

University of St. Andrews

Patrick Rerat

University of Neuchatel

Sahar Romani

University of Oxford

Esther Rootham

University of Oxford

Robert Vanderbeck

University of Leeds

Tim Williams

University of Bath

Sumi Weldon-Hollingworth

London Metropolitan University

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thank you!

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Youth In Motion workshop yesterday. We were really pleased by the depth of engagement and I think, as the organisers, we felt slightly overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the wide range of critical issues and ideas that were discussed. We're going to do our best to make sense of the material that was generated and we'll be posting some of it on the blog over the next few weeks. If there are any emerging ideas you'd like to share, or any responses you have to the event itself, please leave us a comment. We'd love to know your thoughts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


With the workshop just two days away we want to share with our participants the structure for the day. Please arrive for registration from 9.30am so we can begin promptly at 10.15am.

We look forward to meeting you all! :-)

Structure of the Day

9.30 Arrival, registration, coffee

10.15 Welcome

10.30 Keynote panel

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Small group sessions

Break-out according to similar research interests. Each participant presents position paper. Group discussion and ‘mapping’ of main themes and connections.


14.45 Regroup
Small groups present their mapping to whole workshop for discussion and consolidation, highlighting the key issues and directions for the future of youth research.

16.30 Wrap-up and future action/recommendations

16.45 Close

Friday, June 10, 2011

Getting to the workshop

If you are unsure how to reach University College London, please follow the links below. The first provides a general overview of how to reach the university campus on public transport. The second provides location details for the UCL Department of Geography. The third is a map of the campus, which highlights the location of the UCL Department of Geography.

1) http://www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/public-transport

2) http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/contacts-and-location/location-details

3) http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/contacts-and-location/map.jpg/view

If after following these links you are still unsure, you can contact the department directly using the details provided below

E-Mail: enquiries@geog.ucl.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 0500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0565

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fully Booked

We've had some great submissions and responses to our call for participation at the UCL Youth in Motion workshop on the 16th of June. The event is now fully booked, but as we are still receiving requests to attend, we have created a waiting list to accommodate for cancellations. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please email Caitlin at c.o'neill@ucl.ac.uk or James at james.esson.09@ucl.ac.uk

As always, if you're unable to attend in person but you're keen to connect with the event, please get in touch and share some of your questions or ideas via this blog.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pre-workshop entertainment

We have received a few emails from participants regarding preparation for the workshop. To clarify, you do not have to come with a formal paper or chapter from your thesis, as the small group sessions will be based on the discussion points from your abstract. Traditional (lecture style) conferences are fine, but the aim of this workshop is to cultivate a space for the discussion of ideas, not a presentation of them. We hope that our alternative approach will provide a more interactive experience and environment for participants.

For those of you looking for some pre-workshop ‘entertainment’, below are some suggested readings to keep you occupied. All of the articles listed can be found quite easily using Google Scholar. Please feel free to recommend articles, books, websites etc that you feel will be of interest to other participants.


Ansell N, van Blerk L, Hajdu F and Robson E (2010) ‘Spaces, times and critical moments: A relational time-space analysis of the impacts of AIDS on rural youth in Malawi and Lesotho’ Environment and Planning A. 43 (3), pp. 525-544

Evans, B. (2008) 'Geographies of youth/young people.' Geography compass. 2 (5), pp. 1659-1680.
Hopkins P, Alexander C (2010) ‘Politics, mobility and nationhood: upscaling young people's geographies’. Area. 42 (2), pp. 142-144

Jeffrey, C. (2011) ‘Geographies of Children and Youth II: Global youth agency’. Progress in Human Geography. Published online before print.

Jeffrey, C. (2010) ‘Geographies of children and youth I: eroding maps of life’. Progress in Human Geography. 34 (4), pp. 496-505

Vanderbeck, Robert M. (2008) ‘Reaching critical mass? Theory, politics, and the culture of debate in children’s geographies’. Area. 40 (3), pp. 393-400

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Youth in Motion - preview!

We've had some great submissions for the Youth in Motion workshop at UCL on 16th June. We thought we'd share some of the emerging ideas via the blog to whet your appetites in advance of the day itself. Below are just a few of the themes and questions that participants are hoping to explore.

If you'd like to join the discussion in person on the 16th, we have a couple of places still available. (Although please note that we are no longer able to accept any further position papers.) Please email Caitlin at c.o'neill@ucl.ac.uk or James at james.esson.09@ucl.ac.uk if you'd like to register. If you're unable to attend in person but you're keen to connect with the event, please get in touch and share some of your questions or ideas via this blog.

Preview questions

How might disciplinary paradigms of education have overlooked the practical articulation students have within educations institutions? How should we think of the school through the ambiguous engagement/movement of the students? What other socialities and subjectivities may be encouraged by the school that nonetheless feature peripherally in theorizations of education? (Charis Boutieri, King's College London, UK)

How do young people's bodies and corporeality relate to and/or become incorporated by the internet/mobile technologies? How do these technologies facilitate movement and mobility in material spaces? Do these technologies provide spaces of belonging, or do they create a further layer of exclusion for young people to negotiate and resist? (Gary Downing, University of Reading, UK)

What sort of research methods might permit more effective analyses of young people’s movement through urban places, and the kinds of affective atmospheres generated in these movements? (Cameron Duff, Monash University, Australia)

In what ways do public youth organisations serve both youth and the state? How can public youth organisations contribute to our understanding of young people's self-definition and broader definitions of "youth", as well as their participation, exclusion, inequalities and resistance? (Falma Fshazi, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France)

What should be the transformative role of the university establishment in supporting efforts for access to higher education to immigrant youth who are in precarious immigration situations (asylum seeking or undocumented)? What does silence on this point signify within the larger discourse of inequalities? What ethical issues does political-scholarly activism for youth in precarious immigration situations raise for researchers and scholars? (Felipe Mendez, McGill University, Canada)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Youth mobility in Africa

Dr Gina Porter (Durham University) has shared the following link with workshop participants and blog followers:


The booklet on young people's mobility was produced by the 70 young researchers (aged 11-19) involved in the project. Further information is also available via the website.

REMINDER: 9th May submission deadline for Position Paper Abstracts

The deadline for submitting your Position Paper Abstract is fast-approaching. We would love to have as many confirmed submissions as possible by the 9th of May 2011.

Places to attend the workshop are free but limited - they're filling up so don't delay!

See the Call for Participation post below for more information on what to include in your brief abstract - if you're unsure of what to write or how to present your work, then shoot us an email expressing your interest and we'd be happy to help or answer your questions.

Caitlin - c.o'neill@ucl.ac.uk
James - james.esson.09@ucl.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you in June! :-)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Confirmed Contributors

We are pleased to begin announcing our confirmed contributors so far. Check back soon for more exciting additions to our panel.

We can't wait to hear what these keynote panelists have to say...

Dr. Nicola Ansell

Nicola is a Reader in Human Geography in the Centre for Human Geography and the Deputy Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University, UK.

Her research interests encompass the geographies of youth and childhood, gender, and education and critical pedagogy. She has written extensively on education, livelihoods and food-security among AIDS-affected young people in Southern Africa.

Dr. Peter Hopkins

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and the Postgraduate Director for the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, UK.

His research interests centre on exploring how inequalities and discrimination affect people in their everyday lives. He works on young people's geographies and the geographies of religion, faith and spirituality, with a focus on how these intersect with notions of masculinity and ethnicity.

Dr. Robert Vanderbeck

Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK.

His research interests surround contemporary processes of social exclusion and inclusion. He is particularly interested in childhood and youth, religion, sexualities, racialization, urban public spaces, and qualitative methodologies.

Weaving our panel together will be our discussant...

Dr. Claire Dwyer

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL) and she serves on the editorial boards of Gender, Place and Culture and South Asian Diaspora.

Claire's research interests centre around the geographies of race, ethnicity, diaspora and transnationalism with a specific focus on Muslim identities in Britain. Her work is also rooted strongly in feminist geographies.