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The young subjects decentered: ethnographic accounts of crisis in the everyday lives of children and youth 
Anna Witeska-Młynarczyk (University of Marii Curie-Skłodowska)
Zofia Boni (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan)
Ewa Maciejewska-Mroczek (University of Warsaw)
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Monday 21 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki

Short Abstract:

We call for the ethnographic accounts that focus on how children and youth engage with and experience crisis, in its varied forms and contexts (e.g. personal, institutional, epidemiological, humanitarian). We look for imaginative ways of understanding and representing young people's lives.

Long Abstract:

The interdisciplinary literature concerned with children and youth has increasingly challenged the human-centred approaches in which researchers focus on the project of "giving voice" to young people, imagining them as agentive subjects. In this panel, we plan to change the spotlight. We decentre the young rational subjects by inviting to the discussion papers favouring the relational, interconnected, circumstantial, material, affective and imaginative perspectives.

We propose to take as a common contextual thread the social and political arrangements which affect the everyday lives of young people in different geographic and cultural contexts of crisis. The entanglements with biomedicine, various forms of kinship, the effects of climate change, state policies and bureaucratic measures in the field of education, migration or pandemic - are the exemplar contexts we mean to engage with. We invite the speakers to provide ethnographic accounts of rules organizing young people's lives in the aforementioned fields.

By focusing on the situations of transgression/obedience/resistance we attend to the social and cultural orders in disarray which affect young lives and delimit the (im)possible. We favour the descriptions that draw attention to environments, materialities, technologies, structures of relations, legal solutions and everyday affects that constitute the realities for children and youth in the situations of crises seen from various angles (intrapersonal, relational, systemic, national, global etc.).

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Session 1 Monday 21 June, 2021, -