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Interconnected crises, social practices, and intergenerational agency: pathways for transformation? 
Susanne Boerner (University of Birmingham)
Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham)
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Susanne Boerner (University of Birmingham)
Peter Kraftl (University of Birmingham)
Palmer G.04
Thursday 29 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

To reimagine and reshape social practices in response to interconnected urban crises, this panel explores the everyday agency of youth as well as intergenerational relationships in transforming individual/collective futures through 'critical hope' and 'collaborative solidarity'.

Long Abstract:

In the context of multiple and interconnected urban crises such as climate change, unsustainable urban development, chronic disaster risk and resource scarcity, we need to reimagine and (re-)shape social practices to better respond to these challenges. By considering that these crises also have an inherent potential for transformation, we aim to learn from adaptation strategies of communities as 'everyday agents' within their local environments (Horton et al. 2015). Here, we are particularly interested in the experiences of those growing up and living 'at the margins', such as children and young people (Kabiru 2013) as well as multi-generational contexts of knowledge generation. Studies have shown that children and young people are particularly affected by ecological distress (Vergunst & Berry 2021). Moreover, under the premise of 'learning from the past for moving forward' we aim to acknowledge particularly the importance of collective intergenerational memories and experiences (Raccanello et al. 2022; Diprose et al. 2019); not only in relation to transmitting long-term memories and trauma but also for positively transforming individual and collective futures. Here, concepts such as 'critical hope' or 'collaborative solidarity' (Hayward and Tolbert 2022) embrace the importance of individual and collective action to support communities to engage with, rather than disengage from, potentially distressing situations. The panel invites contributions exploring some of the following issues:

- Youth agency in contexts of chronic and interconnected crises;

- Intergenerational practices and relationships in generating positive change;

- Examples of community-based social learning approaches;

- Narratives of generating hope through individual/ collective action.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -