CFP: Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age

CFP: Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age
Thursday, January 31, 2013 (All day)


12th Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS 12)

Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age

12-14 June 2013, Tallinn University, Estonia

Organised by the Institute for International and Social Studies, Tallinn University

The organising committee for the 12th Symposium is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers is now open!


NYRIS 12 focuses on cultural and social changes in the digital age. Rapid technological developments, structural changes in society and economic uncertainty may influence young people in some respects more than other age groups. In the highly globalising and ICT-saturated world young people can also be seen as one of the main agents of change in society.

Technological developments have enabled new forms of participation in international communities as well as rapid exchange of ideas and cultural products. The lives of many young people are being reconfigured by new digital technologies that bring about multi-directional trends and outcomes – opportunities as well as challenges.  New cultural trends or political worldviews are often global in reach, spreading quickly to different locations while also developing unique local characteristics in different places. On one hand, technological advances like security cameras enhance safety, while, on the other hand, unregulated cyberspace creates too many uncontrolled or risky situations.  In the digital era young people have broader opportunities for socializing and self-expression but digitally disadvantaged young people may be more excluded from social life.

Youth research has to consider all these changes, opportunities or risks while focusing on a variety of topics related to youth - youth cultures, identities, values, consumption, inequality, labour market, education, creativity, political participation, sexuality etc. Regardless of the research angle it is impossible to investigate contemporary youth without acknowledging the mutual shaping of young people’s agency, digital developments and social changes.

In the conference programme there are 30 sessions in 16 streams, covering youth-related topics from different perspectives:

  •     Youth participation and political activities
  •     Online youth activism
  •     Youth and digital games
  •     Youth and online identities
  •     Youth and media
  •     Transitions to adulthood
  •     Youth memory and digital age
  •     Youth and sexualities
  •     Subcultures
  •     Socialisation and generations
  •     Educational transitions
  •     Youth inequalities
  •     Youth migration and mobility
  •     Alcohol and drug cultures
  •     Methods in youth studies
  •     Youth unemployment

For more detailed information about sessions and streams see

Researchers who would be interested in presenting abstracts on topics not covered by these streams are encouraged to submit their abstract in the category of “Other or uncertain”. Abstracts, written in English, should be submitted online before 31 January 2013. Go directly to the submission form.

The registration will open in January 2013 and will continue until May 2013. The official language of the conference is English.

For more information about NYRIS 12 and the Call for Papers please see or write to




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