Next week there are two exciting academic youth cultures events in Brisbane. The first is a two day symposium titled Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives. This symposium brings together a really impressive array of scholars doing research into youth cultures/subcultures/post-subcultures in Australia. We are hoping to turn the symposium into an edited collection in the not too distant future. I was one of the organisers of the symposium along with my wonderful and very impressive colleagues Dr Sarah Baker, Chris Driver and Bob Buttigieg. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the whole thing due to other commitments, but I am looking forward to presenting my paper and attending as many other papers as possible. My paper is titled ‘Belonging in-between subcultures: Multiplicity in everyday systems of belonging performed on social network sites’. I’ll put the slides up here in the next few weeks.
The second event is a slightly bigger conference called Youth Cultures, Belongings, Transitions: Bridging the Gap in Youth Research. Clearly this conference has a wider focus than the symposium, but will no doubt touch on many similar themes and issues. I’m also looking forward to presenting a paper at this conference, titled ‘Transition narratives and critical moments on social network sites’ – more when I put the slides up.