July 19th, 2017
June 30th, 2017
At the University of York, UK, on 18-20 July 2016, a symposium on Contemporary Political Youth Culture and Communication. Consider submitting a proposal for presenting your work.
Marking the launch of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) this two-day international symposium explores the socio-cultural factors influencing the civic engagement of young people and its means of communicative expression. Young networking citizens in many parts of the world today play a crucial role in shaping the future prospects for democratic societies. The styles, nature and means of their political engagement is therefore of increasing importance to policy-makers and academics alike. This event is focused upon the communicative, emotional, embodied, and aesthetical modes of youth citizenship. It examines the social construction of the political identities of young people within the context of widening social inequality, climate change, reflexive individualism and a networked social media ecology. We welcome papers drawing upon research and theory that address questions of contemporary political youth culture including, but not limited to, such topics as: citizenship norms; political talk; social networking; precarious employment; celebrity politics; personalization; identity politics; social movement protest; community politics; political socialization; civic education; political education; transnational politics; populist parties; youth campaigns; migration politics; and electoral engagement.
Prof. Henrik Bang, University of Copenhagen and Canberra University
Prof. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
Prof. Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Florenze
Brian D. Loader, University of York, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Manning, University of York, email@example.com
Nisha Kapoor, University of York, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit title, abstract and brief biog for consideration to email@example.com
by Monday 14th March 2016.
Notification of decision. Monday 21st March, 2016
Well, no, actually there isn’t (at least not yet). But there are some intriguing and potentially important efforts underway to give democracy a much needed boost via Internet-based applications and platforms.
It’s certainly not hard to make the case that some help is needed, and the sooner the better. A short and incomplete list of problems plaguing the U.S. political system includes campaign finance reform, gerrymandering, the Senate filibuster, voter disenfranchisement, and the apathy and non-voters all this engenders.
Speaking of the latter, one data point recently brought to my attention is that only 10% of California’s eligible voters aged 18-24 voted in the 2014 mid-term election. That’s shocking and downright depressing.
But it’s not all bad news about millennials and the prospects for their political participation. The potentially good news is that these same politically turned off young peoples are probably the most likely to adopt tech-based tools that can make political participation seem (and actually be) empowering rather than pointless.
The potential of civic tech to enhance democracy was a major theme at the ninth annual Voting and Elections Summit, held Feb. 5-6 at George Washington University in DC, and co-sponsored by Fair Vote, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Overseas Vote Foundation and the U.S. Vote Foundation.
For anyone interested in this topic (and, more generally, in the future of our democracy), I’d recommend the following five videos, which discuss a number of intriguing civic tech initiatives:
The My Voter Account: Your Personal Democracy App, which is being developed by the U.S. Vote Foundation.