Young People and New Political Creativity in the Digital Age

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: French and English

This panel will explore how young people around the world are empowering themselves by fashioning a new, dynamic politically engaged environment and the political responses to their actions. The panel will deal with the numerous ways young people are using their political agency and are expanding the political repertoire to create and employ images, music, dance, theatre and literature for political purposes on-line and off-line through a range of digital media and networked communities.

The tradition of making of images, music or literature for political purposes is being revived and refreshed by young people drawing on the technological affordances of new media across a wide array of societies and political regimes. Moreover, new forms of communication media now provide the means to generate, reach and interact with audiences in ways hitherto unimagined.

Political creativity is also provoking a range of responses from powerful corporate interests including co-option and commodification, as well as state-sponsored censorship, the criminalisation of dissent and outright repression.

Contributors are invited to present papers documenting the variety of creativity in political participation and protest that is expanding the political repertoire pioneered by contemporary youth to reflect their own lifestyles and facilitated through social media and other digital technologies.

Contributors are also invited to consider the various violent responses to these creative pursuits from the state and other power elites, as well as the ways new political creativity and imagery are variously absorbed, neutralised and incorporated into mainstream politics.

We hope to receive contributions from across the globe.

Session Organizers:
Sarah PICKARD, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France and Judith BESSANT, RMIT University, Australia
Sarah PICKARD, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France
Oral Presentations
The Politics of Poetry on the Arabic Peninsula
Andreas KARSTEN, Youth Policy Labs, Germany; Sven EHMES, Youth Policy Labs, Germany
Wearing Our Principles: Putting Performance Back into Politics
Rob WATTS, RMIT University, Australia; Carlo GENOVA, University of Turin Department of Culture, Politics and Society, Italy
Youth Engagement in Politics in Digital Age in Pakistan
Azeema VOGELER, Center for Communication Programs, Pakistan
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