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Future Tense. Urban youths between precarious presents and visions beyond uncertainty. 
Olivia Casagrande (University of Sheffield)
Johannes Sjöberg (University of Manchester)
Philipp Horn (University of Sheffield)
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Angela Giattino (LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/006A
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores future urban visions emerging from youth activism. Addressing youth imaginations as embodied and affective experiences, political horizons and potential urban transformations, we invite papers that engage with these topics collaboratively in different global settings.

Long Abstract:

Two years into the Covid19 pandemic, our urban world is characterised by multiple crisis. Ecological and climate hazards, unemployment, political polarisation, deepening racial divides, seemingly infinite epidemiological risks make our present more and more precarious. Such a dystopian reality has particularly adverse effects for youths who are increasingly representing the urban majority (UN-HABITAT 2013). And yet, even if reported to experience deepened levels of climate and health anxiety, socio-economic uncertainty, and political exclusion, youths are not passive victims of such trends. They engage in protests and movements (Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matters, International Indigenous Youth Council) through which they confront their precarious present and (re)imagine their urban futures.

This panel seeks to explore the implications of multiple crisis for urban youths as well as alternative visions emerging from youth activism by addressing the following questions: How do multiple crisis shape the everyday lives and aspirations of urban youths? What are their hopes, desires, imaginations and how are these articulated? How does a focus on urban youth activism and futurism help us rethink urban lives? How can we collaboratively envision the challenges and alternatives of urban youths, in pandemic times characterized by a displaced co-presence?

We seek to pursue a transdisciplinary and multi-located exploration of the ways in which youth future imaginations represent embodied and affective experiences, political horizons and the possibility for urban transformations. We invite papers from authors who work on this topic with urban youths in different global settings, mobilizing distinct disciplinary backgrounds, conceptual and methodological orientations.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -