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Annual Conference: 'Expressions of Freedom: Revisiting the role of Youth an...
Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 15:00 – Fri, 7 Jul 2017, 15:00 BST
Annual Conference 2017.
Expressions of Freedom: Revisiting the role of Youth and Community Work as Emancipatory Practice
The Association will be hosted by the University of Hull for this year’s annual conference in the year that Hull is celebrating its status as the UK City of Culture. The City is curating four seasons of culture and July marks the beginning of the City’s summer seasonal theme of ‘Freedom’ with events that ‘celebrate Hull’s rebellious streak and its freedom of thought, unbound by convention.’ The City is setting out, in its third season, to:
"not only explore the pivotal role Hull played in the emancipation movement [notably through William Wilberforce] that helped to ignite the still unfinished global journey towards equality and social justice for all; but also to look at broader interpretations of freedom as a platform to create and debate, share and enjoy, reflect and reimagine."
The Association’s Annual Conference is embracing this seasonal theme by revisiting the role of youth and community work as emancipatory practice. A principle that has underpinned the youth and community work movement since its fledging activities in the 1800’s and is, perhaps, all the more urgent in the 21st century when so many young people and communities are increasingly disenfranchised, marginalised or ‘left behind.’
The conference will be opened with a key note from Barry Knight*, an adviser of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, Executive Director of CENTRIS (The Centre for Research & Innovation in Social Policy and Practice) and author of ‘The Society We Want’.
There will be three seminar streams addressing ‘Expressions of Freedom’, delivered in partnership with BERA SIG (British Education Research Association Special Interest Group) Youth Studies and Informal Education:
Freedom of Expression: Youth and Community Work as a creative space for expression through the arts, music and culture
Freedom of Speech: Youth and Community Work as a vehicle of young people’s and community voice, political activism and social change
Freedom of Mind: Youth and Community Work as a process of liberating (informal) education
There is an open call for papers and workshops on these themes that address theory, research and educational practice. Abstracts of maximum 400 words are invited using the expressions of interest form (download via this link), the deadline for abstracts is Friday 17th March, 2017 (outcomes tbc w/c 3rd April 2017).
The conference will also include policy and practice updates in youth and community work from across the 4 UK Nations and our international associates; visits to community led services in Hull; a conference dinner with dinner reception address from WISE* (Hull University’s ‘Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation’) and after dinner performances from youth and community organisations. There will also be opportunities to tour the City of Culture in conference or to extend your stay. View the draft programme.
*Programme contributors and items are subject to change and a final copy of the programme and contributors will be provided with joining instructions two weeks prior to the conference.