CALL FOR PAPERS
Civic participation & youth with diverse ethnic backgrounds in urban
Keynote speakers: Associate Professor Katrine Fangen (University of
Oslo) and Professor Garbi Schmidt (Roskilde University)
Date: March 22nd – 23rd 2012
Organized by The Department of Culture and Identity (Roskilde
in cooperation with The Network for Research on Multiculturalism and
Societal Interaction (University of Turku, Finland)
Participation! Premises for civic participation among youth with diverse
ethnic backgrounds in urban contexts
The aim of this seminar is to discuss and analyze premises for civil
participation for young people representing diverse ethnic backgrounds
in urban settings across Northern Europe. Young people of immigrant
backgrounds are frequently, for example, in media and political debates,
described as corrosive elements that do not and refuse having contact
with the surrounding society. Such debates are often entrenched in an
ethnicized and gendered perspective on criminal activities, educational
drop-out, social inclusion, exclusion and segregation, and ideas of
“parallel societies” and “the ghetto”. In this seminar, we will focus on
alternative ways of looking on ethnic youth’s civic participation in
cities across Northern Europe. Questions that we seek to raise and
- How do activities including mixing (not least in the field of
aesthetics, including music, art, dance) take place in urban environments?
- How and whether urban space facilitate civic participation and
interaction across ethnic lines?
- How and whether urban administrative measures and policies facilitate
civic participation and interaction across ethnic lines?
- Whether and how existing political parties and civil society
organizations facilitate the participation of ethnic minority youth?
- How and in what respects important educating institutions (i.e. public
schools) and their strategies towards ethnic minority youth are decisive
for the inclusion and exclusion of ethnic minority youth?
- How processes of inclusion/exclusion of ethnic minority youth
intersect with the variable of gender?
PhD students dealing with these and similar topics are encouraged to
send an abstract that can be based on an article/chapter draft of PhD
dissertation, or other scholarly paper in progress. The papers will be
commented upon by leading scholars in this field. The seminar also
features keynote speakers that will be confirmed late this year.
NB! With funding received from Nordforsk, the organizers announce the
application for travel grants for PhD students enrolled in
Nordic/Estonian universities. This grant covers the travel and
accommodation expenses due to participation in the seminar. For more
information, see instructions below.