Conference to Discuss Youth in Global Society

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Researchers working in youth-related fields, youth policy-makers and practitioners (youth educators, etc.) are invited to participated in the international scientific practical conference Youth in Global Society: Challenges and Changes on 26 November. Participants are requested to send abstracts and filled-in application forms to r.indriliunaite@smf.vdu.lt until 5 October 2014.

In Lithuania, young people are the people from 14 to 29 years old: this is the group which begins to actively participate and becomes a part of the global society, and  as a result is influenced by most of the processes of globalization. In the course of acquiring their status as young people, youths face new and multifaceted questions in today’s society, including: how to become more independent, how to find and keep his/her own identity, how to choose right decision while choosing his/her personal and professional path, and how to work with new technologies so that they are not a barrier but the key to the successful integration to wide society.

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to the promotion of the topic of youth in Lithuania. The first international youth researcher conference “Do I Know Young People” was held in 2012. On 9–12 September 2013, during the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the EU Youth Conference was held in Vilnius, where 21 conclusions were adopted. These conclusions reveal the top-priority subject in the process of EU structural dialogue with young people: the social inclusion of young people, with particular emphasis on the inclusion of young people who do not belong to the systems of education, employment or training. Moreover, the main obstacle to solving youth problems was identified to be the lack of systematic cross-sectorial communication approach.

“Taking into account these and other observations, it is obvious that the discussion must be continued and the consequences of the globalization for young people in our country and Europe must be analyzed. It is important to raise questions about the challenges and problems youths from big cities and regions face and what strategies are applied in order to solve them. We strongly believe that there is a great need to discuss the ways the cross-departmental and cross-sectorial cooperation can be used for the needs of young people to be fulfilled”, Dr. Jorūnė Vyšniauskytė-Rimkienė, the chair of the conference’s scientific commitee, explained.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the challenges and changes young people face in the context of globalization processes and together with researchers, practitioners and policy makers identify the possibilities of coping with them. Conference languages: Lithuanian and English.

Main Topics of Conference

  1. Youth participation in decision making processes
  2. Eparticipation
  3. Civil education
  4. NGO as an expression of civil society
  5. Assessment and recognition of non-formal skills
  6. The impact of non-formal education
  7. Youth employment
  8. Young person’s stimulus to start activities
  9. Youth generations: Y and Z
  10. Young person’s identity
  11. The change of young person’s values
  12. The start of independent life
  13. Youth rights
  14. Assessment of measures, programs, youth work
  15. Media, new technologies in young people’s life

Registration

Participants are requested to send filled-in application forms and abstracts (up to 2500 characters) to  r.indriliunaite@smf.vdu.lt until 5 October. The abstract’s text and title have to be written in English or Lithuanian. Participants will be notified about the inclusion of their papers in the conference program by e-mail until 31 October. The paper’s thesis should answer the following questions:

  1. What is the problem and goal of the research?
  2. What methods were used?
  3. What are the results of this research?

Along with the thesis, application has to include:

  1. Title of the paper.
  2. Name(s), surname(s), degree(s) and e-mail(s) of the author(s).
  3. Educational institution / job title.

The articles prepared according to the presentations of the papers and meeting the scientific requirements will be published in scientific journals (Social Work. Experience and Methods, Public Policy and Administration or STEPP: Social Theory, Empirics, Policy and Practice). All articles are accepted until 10 December 2014. More information about publication will be provided later. The participants / speakers will be handed certificates.

Organizers

The Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Vytautas Magnus University, Vilnius University, Mykolas Romeris University and Lithuanian University of Educational Science.

Scientific Committee of the Conference

Dr. Jorūnė Vyšniauskytė-Rimkienė, VMU (chair) Prof. Dr. Jonas Ruškus, VMU Ass. Prof. Dr. Jūratė Imbrasaitė, VMU Ass. Prof. Dr. Jolita Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė, VU Ass. Prof. Dr. Andrius Stasiukynas, MRU Ass. Prof. Dr. Odeta Merfeldaitė, MRU Ass. Prof. Dr. Mantas Bileišis, MRU Prof. Dr. Irena Zaleskienė, LEU

Organizational Committee of the Conference

Laura Bačinskienė, Youth Department under MSSL Aurelija Kazlauskienė, Youth Department under MSSL Jolanta Sakalauskienė, Ministry of Social Security and Labour Justina Alsytė-Gogelienė, Ministry of Social Security and Labour Dr. Rasa Indriliūnaitė, VMU Žaneta Šerkšnienė, VMU Vitalija Lyska, VMU

More information

More details about the conference are available on the website of the VMU Dept. of Social Work. Application form

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