Two exciting research fellow positions that have just opened up at the University of Sussex to join the Connectors Study research team on an international, five-year, cross-cultural study on children’s participation in public life funded by the European Research Council. Please feel free to forward this email to your students, colleagues, and anyone else you think might be suitable and interested in applying for the roles.

The role particulars and further information can be found at the links below

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/413 (Greece)

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/414 (India)

Call for Papers on Young people, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism

SASE/Chicago 2014 Mini-Conference, July 10-12, 2014

We invite abstracts on the topic of ‘Young People, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism’ for a mini-conference at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

The transition of young people into employment is fraught with considerable difficulties in finding stable and well-paid employment when compared to older workers. Young workers have been particularly affected by the wider changes in global economic conditions, as such changes have seen an increase in employee insecurity and instability. Low-paid, low-status and insecure work is predominantly carried out by young workers and as the position of young workers in the labour market is increasingly precarious, one may expect them to join unions for protection. However, with trade union membership in a state of flux, it is important to assess union strategies to engage with and recruit young precarious workers.

We welcome submissions from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives such as sociology, economics, employment relations, public policy and law on the following themes:

·         The way in which young people are affected by precarious employment across different nations, regions and sectors.

·         The roles of different labour market institutions in enabling and/or preventing precarious work.

·         Trade union responses to the rise in precarious employment particularly amongst young people.

·         Trade union engagement with young people and youth issues more generally.

Please visit the SASE website for more information about the meeting and to submit your abstract via the online system. The deadline for extended abstract submissions of 1,000 words is the 20th January 2014. Candidates will be notified by February 17, 2014. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a full paper in advance, by 1st June 2014. For any informal enquiries please contact Andy Hodder (a.j.hodder@bham.ac.uk) or Lefteris Kretsos (l.kretsos@gre.ac.uk). The session organizers will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the mini-conference and meeting. For more information, please see the conference website: https://sase.org/2014—chicago/sase-26th-annual-conference-theme_fr_173.html

Holy Crap!
Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures
28–29 August 2014, Helsinki, Finland

Call for Papers and Sessions

Holy Crap! is an international conference organised by the Finnish Youth Research Society and Network, focusing on the interrelations between popular culture, youth and the sacred. The conference aims at interrogating understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities.

Seeking to analyse the social and cultural changes accompanying these phenomena, the conference will facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between youth studies, cultural studies, religious studies and the broader social sciences.

Recent years have seen a growing interest in ”re-scripting the sacred” through popular culture. Although ”youth” as an age-based category has lost its privileged status within such studies of popular culture, young people remain vital (sub)cultural agents. There has also been renewed interest in the ubiquitous contestations and ambiguities around the notion of the ”popular” in light of the increasing commodification and standardisation of culture, the opposition this engender, and the cultural drift into virtual worlds.

Holy Crap! locates itself at the intersection of these three contested concepts, seeking to re-examine and re-evaluate the dynamics within and between cultural phenomena prefixed with ”popular”, ”sacred” and ”youth”.

The conference organisers invite proposals for either complete 90 minute sessions or individual 30 minute presentations. The general theme of the conference may be approached from within any discipline or methodology. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:

• Discourses: the mythologies of popular and youth cultures, histories and invented traditions, freedom of speech and expression, contesting authenticity, transcendence and transgression, consolation and affect;
• Identities: the intersections of the popular/sacred/youth dynamics with class, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, subcultural belonging and community, nationalism and the sanctification of race;
• Ideologies: questioning religious tenets, political doctrines, consumerism and economies of pleasure, value and moral judgments, the (post)modern and the (post)secular;
• Institutions: families, congregations, denominations, corporations, educational institutions, gangs, (neo)tribes, subcultures, municipalities and the state;
• Materials and technologies: ecologies, media, art, symbols, shrines, memorials, actions, practices, rituals, pilgrimage, stardom, fandom and authorship, web 2.0 and 3.0, virtual religions and virtual worlds;
• Theories and methodologies: evidence and authority, interdisciplinary methodologies, theology and secular scholarship, critical theories of religion, reconceptualising key concepts.

The proposals should be submitted via email, preferably as an attachment in doc/pdf/rtf format, to Research Coordinator Antti-Ville Kärjä (antti-ville.karja@nuorisotutkimus.fi) no later than 15 January 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday 31 January 2014.

Proposals should include the following information:

• name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s);
• the title of the presentation/session;
• an abstract of no more than 200 words for a 30 minute presentation or 500 words for a 90 minute session.

For further information, please visithttp://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/en/holy-crap  or contact Antti-Ville Kärjä (antti-ville.karja@nuorisotutkimus.fi).

FINAL CALL FOR PRESENTERS (Please circulate widely)

British Sociological Association Youth Study Group

Researcher Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers

BSA Seminar Room, Imperial Wharf, London, Thursday 7th November 2013

The BSA Youth Study Group invites research students and early career researchers working on or with an interest any aspect of youth research to attend a research development workshop.

Building on similar previous events, the purpose of the day is to provide a platform for researchers to present their work in a supportive, constructive and intellectually stimulating environment. Researchers with work at any stage of the research process are welcome to present their ideas, findings or concerns of navigating the field.

Whether planning to present at the BSA annual conference (or any conference or seminar for that matter!), refining ideas and questions through the literature review, or preparing to seek out avenues to disseminate your work in journals in the field, the day will provide a safe space for participants to receive feedback and help them develop their research in a range of different ways.

The process will be supported by advice and guidance offered by established scholars in the fields of Sociology of Youth and Youth Studies.

The day will also provide a useful networking opportunity to meet other people researching in similar fields. With this in mind, delegates not wishing to present but who would like to take part in an observational capacity or share and discuss their ideas more informally are very much encouraged to attend.

Places are limited, but every effort will be made to include as many presenters as we can.

If you are interested in presenting your work at this event, please email a very brief outline of your research (maximum 150 words) and an indication of your stage of research and the primary issues you would like to develop (presentation skills/ content, refining questions, dissemination etc) to s.d.roberts-26@kent.ac.uk before September 5th, 2013. This will enable us to cluster or stream the presentations effectively.

Similarly, if you wish to attend without presenting or have any other questions about attending the event please feel free to email.

Fee: BSA Member £15 / Non Member £25

Hope to see many of you in November.

Dr Steve Roberts, University of Kent

BSA Youth Study Group Co-convenor

In this podcast I talk to Katherine Davies, a researcher in the Morgan Centre at Manchester University, about her work on sibling relationships and personal identity. Despite the obviously somewhat common experience of sibling relationships, it’s an area that’s largely been ignored within social science, which has tended to focus on vertical kinship relations (parent –> child) to the exclusion of lateral kinships relations (child –> child). It’s a weird oversight and one which Katherine’s work is addressing in an interesting and sensitive way.