Transformation of Youth Identities in East and Southeast Asia: Public Space and Intimacy

Страна: Бельгия

Город: Brussels

Тезисы до: 15.03.2019

Даты: 27.05.19 — 28.05.19

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Организаторы: Research Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt) , Université Libre de Bruxelles


East and Southeast Asian societies have been undergoing profound demographic, political, economic, and technological transformations in recent decades. As the so-called “Millennials” or “Generation Y” grow up with values, cultures, and means of communications that are in many ways distinct from previous generations, they have also begun to play a significant role in shaping the political, socio-economic and cultural developments of these societies and thereby redefining their own individual and social identities. 

This conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to explore the construction, transformation, and negotiation of youth identities through the prism of “public space” and “intimacy.” The proliferation of digital communication technologies has in particular affected young people’s experiences with public space and intimacy since they are now able to participate in virtual networks and communities that can be simultaneously both public and intimate. The discussion will therefore approach the idea of public space in both physical and virtual senses, examining the ways in which the young people’s appropriation of public space—online and offline—or withdrawal from it influences their negotiation of social, cultural, and political identities. 

We welcome contributions that explore the relationship between the youth identities, public spaces, and intimacy from a range of disciplinary perspectives such as sociological, anthropological, philosophical, religious, and political. Participants’ respective empirical and theoretical research may be focused on any of the countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia, and comparative approaches are particularly encouraged. Potential topics may include and are not limited to: 

  • The use and creation of public spaces in youth participation in social activism and political mobilizations 
  • The politics of intimacy and the relationship between the political and the personal in youth activism 
  • Emerging feminist movements that question the boundary between the public, the private and the intimate 
  • Gender and public spaces 
  • Youth participation in the (re-)creation or construction of a religious space in public 
  • Secular pilgrimage(s) as an intimate space of the religious in contemporary societies 
  • Sacred landscapes and identities 
  • Philosophical notions of intimacy and/or public space 
  • New media and social networks 
  • Continuities and discontinuities between generations in terms of perceptions of public space and intimacy 
  • The influences of global popular culture and transnational circulation of ideas within and beyond the region 

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