Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Kingston University
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CFP: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices

Saturday 9 September - Sunday 10 September 2017

Venue: Room 3002, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: to be confirmed
Speaker(s): Dr Kate E. Taylor-Jones, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University
To attend: booking will be available soon, please check back


The popular contemporary representation of a teenager is someone who stays in their bedroom with their tablet and phone, only venturing out for sustenance.  Media panics around violence and videogames, online pornography and extreme television and film also construct the teenager as a passive victim of the mass media. The purpose of this two day conference is to interrogate popular representations, cultures and sub-cultures, and practices of teenagers on a global level.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks 20 minute papers and panel proposals which interrogate popular conceptions and misconceptions of the teenager. Papers and panels will approach the teenager from a global perspective are particularly welcome.

Themes include:

  • Bedroom Cultures
  • Fan practices and cultures
  • Blogs/Vlogs and other internet practices
  • Selfie culture
  • Fashion and beauty
  • Music and sub-cultural identities
  • Constructions of the 'girl' or constructions of the 'boy' in popular culture
  • Teenage cinema
  • Online dating and sexting
  • K-Pop/J-Pop and hybridity
  • Teenagers and the ideology of anti-social behaviour
  • Religion and the teenager
  • Histories of the teenager
  • Young Adult literature
  • Young Adult television and film
  • The law and the teenager

Please email abstracts (250-300) words to Colette Balmain (c.balmain@kingston.ac.uk) or Lucy Williams (l.williams@kingston.ac.uk) by no later than April 30th 2017 and don't forget to include your name, email address and institutional affiliation if applicable. We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Colette Balmain
Email: c.balmain@kingston.ac.uk