Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education Conference 6 Jul 2016 – 8 Jul 2016
Venue: RMIT University Europe, Carrer de Minerva, 2, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
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The Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, and the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education at Lancaster University (UK) are convening a three-day conference at RMIT’s Barcelona campus, 6–9 July, 2016. The conference will bring more than 50 presenters from around the world to Barcelona to discuss issues impacting on education, social justice and young people’s well-being at a time of crisis, but also of hope.
The 21st Century has so far been characterised by conflict, displacement, growing economic insecurity and austerity. Increasing social polarisation has meant that contemporary societies are becoming more unequal with smaller segments of the population having access to the most wealth. Recent years have seen large numbers of young people involved in social movements aimed at creating socially just societies. The ongoing conflicts around the world and the recent refugee crisis in Europe has only intensified calls for justice, equity, compassion and understanding. We live in times of despair and conflict, but also times of hope and action.
This three-day conference (including a half-day networking event) asks delegates to explore the role of social justice in times of crisis and hope. We ask for papers that examine the role of young people in contemporary social movements, with the kinds of demands that are being made by the world’s young people, and with the spaces within which they are making such demands. In addition we encourage papers that engage with the notion of well-being, with what this means in the contemporary moment and for whom. Finally we wish to interrogate the politics of education, to think about the limits and possibilities, the challenges and opportunities for social justice through education.
Key themes include:
- What is social justice?
- Social justice in the age of Digital Media
- The roles of informal and formal education (early childhood, primary, secondary, higher), teacher education/identities
- Global problems, global perspectives
- Global Financial Crisis, sovereign debt, austerity
- Conflict, war, terror
- New and enduring forms of marginalisation, exclusion, disadvantage
- Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers,
- Indigenous populations
- Class, economies
- Genders, sexualities
- Geography and context
- Recognising, working with/for/across difference(s)