Call for papers: TASA Youth symposium

Call for papers:

The Ethics of Engagement, Participation and Representation

TASA Youth 2019 Symposium

University of Melbourne, 21st February 2019

Organised by TASA’s Sociology of Youth thematic group with support from TASA and the Youth Research Centre

Research ethics is a central concern and ongoing challenge for many sociologists studying young people. The sociology of youth has historically been deeply implicated in ethical concerns due to its engagement with groups that are by default seen as ‘vulnerable’. More recently, as youth sociologists have been at the forefront of developing digital, participatory and creative methods in their research with young people, new sets of ethical questions have arisen. For these reasons, youth researchers often face challenges and setbacks when engaging with university or organisation-based ethics committees. Besides this formal side of research ethics, ethical challenges also constantly arise in research practice, through the ‘ethically important moments’ (Guillemin & Gillam 2004) that occur during the course of the research and when presenting our findings. Such moments have always been part of empirical (qualitative) research, but new challenges occur with the emergence of new methods.

This symposium engages with research ethics across the full spectrum of the research process: from engagement, to participation, through to representation. We ask presenters to engage with the intersecting ethical challenges and imperatives that they encounter within their own research. In so doing, the symposium aims to push forward both debate and practice in relation to emerging frontiers of research ethics, and to revitalise the enduring ethical imperatives that characterise youth research. By bringing together researchers at differing career stages, and using differing methods, the event will promote generative discussion of how research ethics can be embedded within every stage of the research process, and can be navigated in the context of everyday practice.

We have invited a number of speakers to address some of these questions and stimulate discussion:

  • Professor Marilys Guillemin, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Helen Cahill, University of Melbourne
  • Senior Lecturer Bronwyn Wood, University of Wellington
  • Senior Lecturer Steven Threadgold, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Joni Meenagh, RMIT University

We now call for abstracts that address the following questions:

  • How can we work productively with both university and external ethics committees and procedures?
  • How do we contend with ethical imperatives (e.g. representation of participants and data) that extend beyond the purview of ethics committees and formal processes?
  • How can we balance competing ethical imperatives in our everyday research practice?
  • How do we engage with new frontiers of ethics, and new ethical challenges that accompany emerging research topics and spaces?

This one-day symposium offers an opportunity for scholars to present work broadly pertaining to the above provocations. We especially encourage submissions from RHD candidates and ECRs, and are offering four $250 bursaries to postgraduates and unwaged/precariously employed academics living outside of Victoria (to be awarded on the basis of the quality and relevance of their abstracts).

Submission process: we invite abstracts of 250-300 words relating to the above issues, along with a brief (50-100 word) biographical note.

Please note: Presenter places are limited and abstract acceptance will be subject to peer review.

Cost: Registration for the symposium covers catering throughout the day. It is tiered as follows:

TASA members: $20 for postgraduates and unwaged/precariously employed academics (covered by the bursaries for those awarded them), $35 for waged.

Non-TASA members: $40

Please submit abstracts to both and by no later than COB on December 21st 2018.

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