2nd Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference
The Young and the Jobless: Youth Unemployment in Times of Crisis
Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
March 13-15, 2014
This conference explores dynamics of youth unemployment throughout the world. Neoliberal policies and the accompanying political-economic restructuring have resulted in a serious economic crisis at the global, national, and local levels. The current crisis has both short- and long-term ramifications, affecting youth (15-25 years old) the hardest. As youth unemployment is at an all time high (more than 50% in some European countries) the future of these young people remains uncertain. The conference seeks to examine the lived experiences of this cohort and to explore the impact that unemployment has on their lives--access to housing, healthcare, and education as well as to other resources. Because the meaning of youth and employment is culturally dependent and has changed over time, the conference will critically explore those categories as well, focusing specifically on dynamics of gender, race, and class.
Some of the topics that the conference will address are:
- Informal economy and slums
- Unemployment resistance
- Austerity, youth, and debt
- Impacts on education
- An historical view of unemployment
- New perceptions about work and leisure
- Long term impact of unemployment
- Unemployment and incarceration
- Unions and Worker Organizing
- Geographies of youth unemployment
- Gender, race, and the labor force
- Solutions to youth unemployment
Deadline for submitting an abstract (no more than 250 words) is August 25th, 2013 (to the organizers below).
Limited funds are available to support travel and lodging of all participants.
Tamar Mayer, Professor of Geography, Director of Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Director of International and Global Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie McCallum, Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology, email@example.com
Sujata Moorti, Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert E. Prasch, Professor, Economics, email@example.com