Youth and Childhood cultures

1st National  Phd Conference in Social Sciences  

Padua, 23rd-25th June 2016

Social sciences turned their attention on the “life course” long time ago, even if using different approaches and theoretical frameworks. Starting from a generational point of view, children, adolescents and young people can be understood as expert and self-aware social actors able to influence the cultures of adults. Furthermore we consider age also as a fundamental social variable in the context of intersectional research.

In accordance with what we have above-mentioned, the role of spare time is central in the processes of construction of identities, cultures and codes by young people and children. Considering the negotiated, situated and multiple nature of individual and collective identities, to be a member of a generation can be understood as a narrative element on the meaning-making process and as a tool to (re)appropriate the ability to express themselves and to (re)build their presence in public and urban spaces.

Therefore, we encourage the submission of theoretical and empirical abstracts relating to:

  • youth cultures & public spaces;
  • cultures, places and spatiality of children;
  • identity, everyday-life and multicultural contexts;
  • intergenerational relationships and conflicts;
  • artistic performances and cultural fruition;
  • youth cultures, antagonisms and protest.

In addition, we welcome papers to other areas not included in this call. We will in accepts contributions of other research areas that can stimulate and enrich the debate on the topic of the session. We appreciate also contributions crossing different research lines, and showing connections and integrations between different topics.

Abstracts should be up to 300 words (bibliography not included), and be written either in Italian or in English and must be sent by February 20, 2016 via email to: adding the title of the session in the subject of the email: Youth and Childhood cultures”. Abstracts must have the following structure:

title, author(s)*, text, keywords.

* author’s contact details and a short biography (up to 100 words).

The result of the evaluation will be notified to authors by 20 March 2016. Please note that to participate to the conference you need to sign up (free) which will be available on the appropriate form on the website from March 20, 2015 until 30 April, 2015. For organizational reasons we invite applicants to register by the deadline[1].

Authors of selected abstracts have to send a paper up to 35,000 characters (including spaces and bibliography) by 31 May 2016 to the same e-mail address.

At the end, contribution may be collected for scientific publications cured by the referee of the session together with the author(s).


Fabio Bertoni, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Chiara Piccolo, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

David Primo, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Giulia Storato, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova


[1] Coffee breaks and spritz-time are included.

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