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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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Activism now: young people and political engagement in turbulent times

12th November 2020 19:00 - 20:00
Talk/Webinar, Panel debate, Workshop, Interactive activity

About this event

Are you aged 16-24 and currently involved in social justice activism? Would you like to learn about the experience of fellow activists, and how it connects to current debates in social science? Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia and Ala Sirriyeh in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster are hosting a virtual workshop for 15 young people with interest in/experience of activism. We will bring social science theory, knowledge and methods to bear in this online interactive event with and about young people's political engagement and activism at this particular historical conjecture. The workshop will be co-facilitated with invited activist-scholars and will involve a WordPress site linking to resource materials for activists and summarising scholarship on recent activist mobilisations. Young people are at the fore of many of the growing activist mobilisations in social and environmental justice causes in response to (often interconnected) national and global crises, including austerity, racism, migration, housing injustice, climate change, sexual abuse and gun violence. Working with young people, we will co-produce ideas about critical frameworks and approaches to doing activism. This includes thinking critically about what 'activism' means and entails, how people become mobilised, well-being, and exclusionary/inclusionary practices within movements. We will draw on debates raised in existing literature to facilitate an exploration grounded in young activists' lived experiences and concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the event design by sending in questions and ideas for what they wish to see addressed in the live workshop.