Program for Symposium: ‘Emerging Priorities in the Sociology of Youth’

Symposium TASA Youth flier 4

When: Friday 22nd November 2013, 9am-4.30pm

Where: Theatre 227, 234 Queensberry St, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Cost: $40

This symposium brings together researchers currently working in the sociology of youth with the aim of identifying emerging conceptual priorities within the field. While the sociology of youth has some vibrant disciplinary areas (most notably the ‘transitions’ and ‘subcultures’ perspectives), the strength of these traditions can overshadow other conceptual priorities. This symposium provides us with an opportunity to discuss emerging priorities in youth studies. Supported by TASA, the symposium is organised by the thematic group conveners and colleagues from the University of Melbourne and Griffith University.

The full-day program is organised around four plenary style panels, each of which addresses a contemporary challenge or conceptual problem for youth studies. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Registration will close on the 14th November, 2013.

The preferred method of payment is electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Bank Details

Account name: The Australian Sociological Association

BSB: 013 332, Account number: 255648618

Reference: SoY and first initial and surname (e.g. SoYDFarrugia)

Amount: $40

If EFT is not possible, credit card payment is available on Mondays or Tuesdays 9:15am – 4:15pm only (latest day: 29th October) by phoning TASA on (03) 9214 5283.

Please email your payment confirmation to the TASA office ( and cc the event organiser David Farrugia (

Thematic group conveners: David Farrugia, Julia Coffey, Paula Geldens

Twitter: @YouthTASA




9am – Welcome

9.15-10.30am Session 1 Understanding continuity and social change –Dan Woodman (chair)

1. ‘Continuity and Change in Transitions and Cultures Research’; Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn (University of Melbourne)

2. ‘Parody and Satire as Generators of Affective Inequalities: The Figures of Hipster and Bogan’; Steven Threadgold (University of Newcastle)

3.’ In Fairness We Trust: Children, Families and Economic Insecurity’; Rose Butler (recipient of PhD award, Australian National University)

10.30-10.45 Morning tea

10.45-12.15  Session 2 Consumption, creativity, identity – Andy Bennett (chair)

1. ‘Marking out the narrative of growing up: From the bedroom to the social network site’; Brady Robards (University of Tasmania) and Sian Lincoln (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

2. ‘Epiphanies with music: peak music experiences, feeling and identity’, Ben Green (recipient of PhD award, Griffith University)

3. ‘Creative Consumption and the Urban Playground’, Susan Bird (Victoria University)

4. ‘6 &9, turn Tehran to LA: creative identities and consumer culture in  Iran’s Rap scene’, Eli Golpushnezhad (Griffith University)

12.15 – 1pm Lunch

1-2.30pm Session 3 The body and embodiment – Julia Coffey (chair)

1. ‘Towards an embodied sociology of youth: ontological tensions and methodological developments’; Julia Coffey (University of Melbourne)

2. ‘Queerscapes and Youthscapes in Asia: Embodied Modernities and the Challenges of Transitions and Futures’; Audrey Yue (University of Melbourne)

3. ‘Becoming Queer: Young Women in the Hardcore Music Space’; Megan Sharp and Pam Nilan, University of Newcastle

4. ‘New methodological approaches to studying the body among Human Movement undergraduate students’; Valeria Varea (recipient of PhD award, University of Queensland)

2.30-2.45 – Afternoon tea

2.45-4.15 Session 4 Space and place – David Farrugia and Paula Geldens (chairs)

1. ‘Spatialising Youth’; David Farrugia (University of Ballarat) and Paula Geldens (Swinburne University of Technology).

2. ‘A Political Ecology of Local Youth Identities’; Alan France (University of Auckland) and Dorothy Bottrell (Victoria University).

3. ‘Space, Place and Youth Cultural Expression on the Streets of an Indonesian City’; Michelle Mansfield (recipient of PhD award, University of Newcastle)

4. ‘Place, resources and new life courses in transforming society – Managing the transition into the labor market in contemporary Cambodia’; Chivoin Peou (University of Melbourne)

4.15-4.30 Closing comments


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