Call for Presentations

2nd Global Conference

Due to unforeseen circumstances this years event is no longer being held.


Call for Presentations

Hailed as future leaders, yet castigated for failing to maintain the previous generation’s standards of productivity and morality; condemned for apathy and laziness, yet envied as embodiments of freedom from the responsibilities of adulthood: teenagers occupy a complex and, often, contradictory position in society. The impact of teens upon culture and the impact of culture upon teen experiences exist as a multidirectional flow whose dynamics are best understood through inter-, cross- and multi-disciplinary dialogues. Teen Cultures will be run as a special stream within the 2nd Global Conference: Teenagers and Contemporary Visual Culture  and aims to create a space in which researchers, educators, professionals and others with a stake in exploring teen cultures can share their perspectives on what it means to be a teenager. The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for 20-minute presentations any aspect of teen cultures, such as:

  • Historical perspectives on the emergence and evolution of the teenager as a distinct sociological identity
  • Impact of gender, sexuality, race, class, nationality and ethnicity on the teenage experience
  • Perspectives on teen psychology
  • Teens and politics (activism, participation, rebellion, apathy, etc.)
  • Legal and legislative regulations and protections aimed at teenagers
  • Teens and the development of moral and ethical agency
  • Teen sub- and counter-cultures
  • Teens as consumers
  • Teens as entrepreneurs
  • Teens and fashion
  • Teens and literature
  • Teen films, television and new media
  • Teens and art
  • Teens and music
  • Teaching teens: Strategies and pedagogies

Presentations will also be considered on any related theme.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Teenagers, visual culture, and/or urban popcultures, subcultures and/or storytelling.

What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 7th February 2014 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th April 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: TCVC2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Ann-Marie Cook:
Dr Rob Fisher

The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Details on the conferences running alongside this project in 2014 can be found here: Storytelling and  Urban Popcultures

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.