Call for papers: Geographies of children and young people’s popular cultures, identities and subcultures

Title of session: Geographies of children and young people’s popular cultures, identities, and subcultures

Sponsored by: Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group

Session convenors: John Horton (The University of Northampton, UK) & Peter Kraftl (University of Leicester, UK)

We invite you to participate in two sessions reflecting upon the geographies of children and young people’s popular cultures, identities and subcultures. We hope that the sessions will include some consideration of children and young people’s engagements with toys, literature, television, music, film, folklore, fandom, games, play, media discourses, moral panics, fashion, comics, collectables, cultural phenomena, video games, multimedia, material culture, social networks, consumption, consumerism, digital and online technologies, heterogeneous materialities, identity markers, urban myths, cultural norms and exclusions, customary practices, traditions, and subcultural scenes, styles and practices.

We would welcome two different kinds of contribution.

• For the first session, we call for conventional papers (15 minutes, plus 5 minutes discussion) reporting on new research exploring geographies of children and young people’s popular cultures, identities and subcultures. We would welcome papers dealing with diverse historic-geographic contexts, and written from diverse disciplinary, conceptual and critical-political perspectives. In particular, we seek papers that develop novel theoretical frameworks for foregrounding the spatialities of children and young people’s popular cultures, identities and subcultures. Thus, papers might (but might not only) consider how understandings of popular cultural practices, discourses, representations, memories, obsessions, anxieties, consumption or consumerism might be extended via engagements with geographical concepts such as space, place, scale, network or spatiality.

• For the second session, in a spirit of co-production, we would welcome proposals for looser, shorter, less formal contributions in relation to the session themes (and any of the stuff listed above). These might take the form of ‘show-and-tell’, autoethnographic vignettes, performances, conceptual provocations, politicised critiques, something fun, something playful, something fun, something angry, or something else. Ideas for contributions would be gratefully received.

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to both John Horton (john.horton@northampton.ac.uk) and Peter Kraftl (pk123@leicester.ac.uk) by Friday, 7th February 2014. Please indicate whether you intend to present a conventional paper or a shorter contribution.

Further information about the conference is available at: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm


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