Theorising young people’s aspirations in a global context: an interdisciplinary conference

Taking place  on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March 2018 in the Hamilton Centre, Brunel University London

This interdisciplinary 2 day conference aims to advance conceptual understanding of how young people form, experience and deploy aspiration; the global institutions and processes that shape young people’s aspirations; and the outcomes of aspiration for young people and for wider society. Recent empirical research from diverse contexts worldwide has reported on the expressed desires of young people to ‘become someone’. Meanwhile, global institutions and national governments represent aspiration as a key to understanding inequality and a motivating force that can inspire social change. Aspiration is understood to play a key role in shaping young people’s engagement with education, politics and migration. Yet despite the burgeoning attention to aspiration in both research and policy, its theorisation remains relatively neglected.

Key note speakers

Professor Jo Boyden, University of Oxford

Professor Sam Punch, University of Stirling

A full programme will be sent to attendees before the conference takes place. In the meantime registration has opened and you can sign up here: Theorising-aspirations

The price of tickets are as follows; £30 for unwaged attendee ,

£50 for waged attendees

For further information please contact  [email protected]

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