Youth Study Group -  Past Events

25 March 2021 (10:00–11:30 GMT)
BSA Youth Study Group Monthly (Virtual) Tea/Coffee & Chat

4 June 2020 (10:00 -11:30 BST)
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar Series Event: Youth Work and Socially Engaged Arts Practice: Pre - and Post - COVID-19

21 May 2020
BSA Youth Study Group Monthly (Virtual) Tea/Coffee & Chat #2

23 April 2020
BSA Youth Study Group Virtual Meeting #1

20 September 2019
BSA Youth Studies Group 'Youth Intersections' workshop, with Keynote Professor Tracy Shildrick
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

8 June 2017
Researching youth in troubling times: Mess, method and ethical puzzles
University of Leeds, UK

28 April 2016
BSA Youth Study Group Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

9 July 2014
BSA Gender Study Group and BSA Youth Study Group Joint, One Day Seminar: Masculinities, Adaptation and Difference
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

28 November 2013
Justice, Genes & Welfare: Are Intergenerational Relationships Toxic? A joint BSA Families and Relationship Study Group and Youth Study Group Event  - Programme
Room 301, Borough Road, London South Bank University, UK

7 November 2013
BSA Youth Study Group Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

18 October 2013
Youth Sexualities - A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Durham University and the BSA Youth Study Group
St Aidan’s College, Durham University, UK

Debates about youth sexualities in popular culture tend to be fixated on crisis. Whether it concerns the sexualisation of young girls, fears around paedophilia or the supposed epidemic of homophobic bullying in schools, evidence-based discussion and analysis regarding youth sexualities seem to be sacrificed on the altar of moral panic. While the academy has been a venue for the examination of these issues, it too is frequently focussed on issues of crisis, often failing to recognise positive social change.

Youth Sexualities is a one-day multi-disciplinary conference that seeks to explore the diversity and plurality of young people’s experiences of sexuality. The event will commence with three keynote presentations, followed by an open discussion of the key themes that emerge. There will be streams of papers in the afternoon to explore the diversity of youth sexualities in contemporary cultures.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Clarissa Smith, University of Sunderland, on young people’s porn consumption
  • Dr Mark McCormack, Durham University, on heterosexual identities and bodily pleasure
  • Dr Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow, on the age of consent in international contexts

Chaired by Professor Jo Phoenix, Durham University

2 November 2012
One day seminar - Young Masculinities: Challenges, Changes and Transitions
BSA Meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

Keynote speaker: Professor Eric Anderson, University of Winchester

Since the emergence of critical masculinities studies in the late 1970s, research has started to focus on men as gendered beings. Originally, this examined the negative components of masculinity, that there exist a plurality of masculinities, and how men are stratified within society. However, recent work has sought to challenge the centrality of homophobia as a key component of men’s identities in the 21st century. In doing so, such texts highlight a need for us to fully re-examine what it is to be a man, and to develop our understanding of how masculinities are constructed, performed and consumed after a period of significant social, cultural and economic change.


4 November 2011
BSA Youth Study Group Event: Stuck in the middle with who? Mapping out and making sense of the missing middle of youth studies
BSA Meeting Room, London, UK

24 June 2011
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar on 'Student Mobilities'
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

21 February 2011
BSA Youth Study Group: Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers
BSA Seminar Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

The purpose of the day was to provide a platform for youth studies researchers to present their work in a supportive, constructive and intellectually stimulating environment. Researchers with work at any stage of the research process were welcome to present their ideas, findings or concerns of navigating the field.

The process was supported by advice and guidance offered by Shane Blackman (Reader in Cultural Studies, Canterbury Christchurch University) and Rachel Brooks (Professor of Education, Brunel University). Both have considerable expertise in the field of youth studies and significant experience in research, publishing, presenting and supervising PhD students to successful outcomes.

6-8 July 2010
YOUTH 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures
University of Surrey, UK

28 October 2009
A BSA Youth Study Group one-day event for postgraduates, co-sponsored by The British Library - Youth Transitions in Troubled Times
University of Kent, UK - Download the Programme

9 September 2009
Youth, Media and Communication: A Joint BSA Youth Study Group and Media Study Group Seminar
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

12 June 2009
BSA Youth Study Group:  New Methodological Challenges for Youth Research - Download the Programme
University of Southampton, UK

18 February 2009
Young People and Education
University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK

11 September 2008
BSA Youth Study Group Half Day Conference
University of Teesside, UK

24-25 July 2007
Young People, New Technologies and Political Engagement
University of Surrey, UK

14-15 June 2007
Work With Young People: Advancing theory, policy and practice
A two-day international conference
De Montfort University, Leicester

12-13 April 2007
BSA Annual Conference 2007: Youth Study Group Session - Connected Youth? Young People and Social Networks
University of East London, UK

7-9 September 2005
Young People & New Technologies
University College Northampton

As the use of new media technologies has become increasingly widespread in Western societies, the significance of such new technologies for adolescents has become a crucial area of research. Whether in respect of their patterns of leisure and identity, their modes of learning and transition, or their everyday domestic lives, youth are among the heaviest and most dynamic users of a variety of new technologies, most notably perhaps, the various facets of the  internet, together with mobile phones, digital television, games consoles and digital music players. At the same time however, it is clear that levels of access and use are subject to considerable variations in quantity and quality.

Plenary speakers were:

•  Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics), author of ´Young People and New Media´, SAGE 2002)

•  Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University), author of ´Youth Media´, Routledge 2004).

21-23 March 2005
‘Youth, Individualization and Risk’, (2 sequential sessions within the BSA Annual Conference)
University of York

Theories of risk (Beck 1992) and of individualization (Bauman 2000; Beck and Beck-Gernsheim 2001) have become central to social theory and this has been reflected in the emphasis placed upon such themes across a variety of different forms of research on young people.

The purpose of these sessions, organized by the Youth Study Group, is to bring together researchers whose work touches upon such themes from across a range of normally separated subject areas within youth studies. Thus, issues addressed include the role of work in the construction of individual biographies, the impact of skills (or lack thereof) upon transitions, the use of post-HE education to construct individualized life plans, the interplay of the individual and the peer group in decision making over drug use and, finally, the implications of leisure-related internet use for patterns of cultural identity.

In different ways, the papers all address theoretical suggestions about the increasing 'disembeddedness' of individuals from established trajectories or communities and the increasing role of complex 'choices' and, hence, risk taking, in the development of their biographies.

21 July 2004
British Sociological Association Youth Study Group and the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM):'Youth, Ethnic Identity and the Future of Multiculturalism in Europe'
University of Surrey

Speakers included:

  • Tahir Abbas (Birmingham)
    Erling Bjurström (Linkoping)
    Bruce Cohen (Humboldt, Berlin)
    David Garbin (Tours)
    Cy Grant
    Rupa Huq (Manchester)
    Alex Seago (American Univ, Richmond)
    Katharine Tyler (Surrey)

The influx of migrants into the European Union over the last twenty years has forced increasing attention among EU states upon issues of cultural pluralism and 'European polity-building'. Such attempts to promote multiculturalism in Europe, however, remain deeply problematic. Thus, distinctions continue to be made in public debates between 'foreign' and 'local' populations and between the needs of the economy for more skilled migrant labour and the introduction of tougher immigration policies. Similarly, both migrant groups and established ethnic minorities in EU states continue to be targets for racist groups. Additionally, it is increasingly clear that the term 'multiculturalism' itself is fraught with problems in that, semantically speaking, it suggests a discourse of harmony, bridge-building and, ultimately, inclusion. However, it does not follow that multiculturalism is a 'natural' or positive solution to cultural displacement.

As research has demonstrated, relocation by culturally displaced groups inevitably involves a process of (sometimes conflictful) negotiation, where new forms of hybridised identity are created through the interplay between elements of majority ethnic group cultures and cultural practices from the countries of origin. Such processes of negotiation have been extensively studied in relation to youth. As Back (1996) and Kaya (2001), for example, have demonstrated, young people have proven to be particularly resourceful in formulating creative strategies through which to carve out new spaces of identity in European urban settings. In particular, resources such as music, fashion, dance and street art have been used in highly effective and distinctive ways by young people from different minority ethnic backgrounds in the construction of what Hall (1992) has described as 'new ethnicities', which challenge attempts to construct exclusivist traditions of a pure 'white' nation.

This one-day seminar explored the strategies employed by young people in the creation of these new identities in different European cities and the ways in which they challenge exclusivist, racialised traditions. At the same time it examined the ways in which the construction of new traditions by some young non-white people may reject new ethnicities and the process of hybridity. Furthermore, we wanted to debate the implications of these countervailing tendencies for multicultural discourse in Europe.  

19-20 January 2004
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar Series: Young people doing things together’: the function, meanings and experiences of young people’s collectives
University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

19 November 2003
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar Series:  Young People, Education and Training
University of Surrey

11-13 September 2003
BSA Youth Study Group Conference: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes: Youth Cultures in the 21st Century’
University College Northampton

22 January 2003
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar: 'Young People, Intimacy & Everyday Life'
University of Southampton

18 November 2002
BSA Youth Study Group Seminar: Young People and Technology

3-5 September 2001
Youth Research:European and Global Perspectives
University of Plymouth

July 2001
Young People and Drugs
University of Teesside

16-18 July 2002
IASPM UK and Ireland Conference 2002': Popular Music Studies: Where Now?'
Roehampton Institute, London

July 2000
Researching Youth: Issues, Controversies and Dilemmas
University of Surrey

April 1999
BSA Conference: Cultural Transitions: Youth Research in the twenty- First Century Debate
University of Glasgow

September 1999
Young People, Risk and Identity
University of Surrey

January 2000
Young People and Transitions
Manchester Metropolitan University