CfP: Conference - The Meaning of Adolescence and Youth (25.04.2018, Warsaw, Poland)

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Call for Papers
April 25, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Childhood and Education, Humanities, Social Work, Sociology, Teaching and Learning

5th International Academic Conference

The Meaning of Adolescence and Youth:

Implications of (Im)possible Strategies of Education and Upbringing of Young People in the Conditions of Postmodernity

Place and date:   Warsaw University of Life Sciences, ul. Nowoursynowska 166, Warsaw, 25 April 2018

 Dear Colleagues,

We have the honour to invite you to the fifth edition of an international scientific conference organized at the University of Euroregional Economy (WSGE) in Józefów-Warsaw. This year’s edition is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) and Lublin University College (LSW) in Ryki.

 Conference Mission

The conference’s idea is based on the thesis that "the school teaches the meaning of life, but also the art of survival" (Cz. Banach). The basic motivation for any action is the “man’s search for meaning” (V. Frankl). 

The question about the meaning of life is still valid. Determining the meaning of life becomes the priority especially for young people during the unstable stage of puberty. Therefore, the question should be asked: what meanings does the postmodern school teach: is there any one “universal  meaning” or rather “many meanings”? How to understand a statement of a teenager who communicates to his parents and teachers that “his life does not make sense”? Do we have a sensible strategy for educating and upbringing young people? Are meaningful strategies the ones that match who a person is with all wealth of their spiritual and physical equipment, or rather those that are adapted to the requirements of a changing reality? In the world of flattened hierarchies, should one not rather remind about the vertical dimension of human life? But without treating it as a return to the Middle Ages (P. Solterdijk). We should remind the meaning of timeless values as the material, state and horizon of humanity (A. Bałandynowicz), showing the merging and illuminating ideas, which can help recover dignity and leave the consumer amusement park in which there is a threat of playing to death (J. Breczko).

Teachers and educators, whose special feature of personality should be pedagogical optimism, as an element of faith and hope in positive values (W. Okoń), will certainly find enough strength in themselves to seek answers to such questions. We invite you to reflect on the sense of adolescence and youth. We encourage you to seek for (im) possible strategies of education and upbringing of young people in conditions of postmodernity.

The school functions today under conditions of loss of belief in a stable hierarchy of values. The revaluation of values entails the appearance of a sense of uncertain existence defined in terms of the risk of lost security. Lack of a sense of security is something natural for adolescence. However, young people are looking for stable support points at this stage. First, they undermine values and tradition and challenge authorities in the name of high ideals carried in the heart and in the mind. In this way they shape their own hierarchy of values while asking about the right hierarchy of values. In postmodernity, however, there is no stable support point.

The disappearance of a youthful axiological rebellion in favor of a consumer lifestyle is also observed. However, easy hedonism and shallow consumerism together with the sense of the right to get everything effortlessly constitute a threat to the maturation process (E. Wysocka).

The school also functions today in the context of reality created by modern technologies. Young people participate in this “electronic anthroposphere”. "Man finds in it values that are not existent in a world without technology or which are sometimes difficult to notice in the physical world. Even if we assume that technology is a soulless collection of devices, one cannot ignore the scope of human involvement in it "(M. Ostrowicki). One cannot ignore sociological diagnoses including the view that young people are no longer a hope for the world, but a lost generation "without an assignment" (Z. Bauman). Sociological theses are a pedagogical starting point. The criticism of postmodern conditions - the place and time of the maturation of the young generation - is, however, ineffective. We cannot afford the pathos of disappointment with the conditions in which modern young people have lived and matured. Rather than that, we should put ourselves in opposition to the surrounding world, not agreeing to remain "something other than the local function of universal misery" (P. Solterdijk). The starting point of these searches, therefore, is not trauma but pride ("thymos"), a state where a person straightens up and begins to feel pride that he is a rational and free creature.

 Conference Objectives

 The aim of the conference is to focus on various problem areas that refer to young people as a social category, youth as a period of adolescence and all challenges which young people as well as their parents, teachers or even employers, have to face in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century. We want to draw attention both to the specificity of local and regional contexts with an emphasis on and smaller scale research, as well as to compare international experience at different levels. The mission of the conference is to initiate an interdisciplinary discussion on youth in the pedagogical, social, cultural, economic and political dimension in the context of the impact of technology, as well as drawing attention to the need for creating a new scientific discipline (juwentology) or in-depth studies on the condition of the youth as the main actor of prospective changes. We invite educators, Polish philologists, sociologists, philosophers, psychologists, lawyers and other representatives of the social, humanistic, medical and legal sciences as well as reflective practitioners interested in the proposed subject matter who co-work with young people, think about the future of the Millenium generation or who want to better understand young people as their future employees.

Conference Topics

  1. The meaning of life of “lost” young people, sensible strategies of resocialization
  2. The meaning of sense of life of young people with disabilities
  3. Various forms of communicating meanings: career counseling, tutoring, coaching
  4. Polish didactics as a presentation of the sense of maturation and youth in the context of literary patterns, a lesson in the mother tongue as sensitizing to the sense of the meaning of life
  5. The meaning of truth, good and beauty in postmodernism and possible forms of their implementation in educational environments
  6. The sense of the creation of network identity in the virtual world in the context of ontoelectronics
  7. The Millennials: Generation Y and the Generation Z, technology as a lifestyle, (creative) generation of the network or the generation “which deserves”? Polish Generation 89 plus.
  8. Social environment: family and family roles, role models and authorities, peers and pop culture / Internet celebrities. Relations between generations. School as an institution of social control or educational environment? The academic youth
  9. Subjectivity in public life: school self-governance, online / offline social movements, the youth and social change, civic awareness of young people
  10. (Sub) culture: free time of the youth, integration and hybridization of work / study and rest / fun, life as a game, experience of time, body experience and sexuality. Youth as a lifestyle, or when adulthood begins?
  11. Exclusion: stratification, threat of unemployment, crime, risky and self-destructive behaviour. NEET category. Professional and educational strategies of young people
  12. New ideas: social sciences and humanities about youth, juwentology, youth pedagogy, historicization of scientific discourse about youth, youth sociology, young people under the microscope of psychologists, criminologists and management specialists.

 The issues are not limited to the above list. We invite you to submit your own proposals. We want this International Scientific Conference to become a meeting place for teachers and educators from various universities. We also invite practitioners to share their experiences of working with young people.

Application deadline: 5.04.2018!


Conference Fee

1.  Personal participation + paper + printed publication after conference - 400 PLN
2.  Printed publication only (no paper) - 400 PLN
3. Paper only - 200 PLN
4. participation with no paper or publication - free

Conference fee includes:

- conference materials

- coffee break and lunch

- paper publication in the Journal of Modern Sciences or peer-reviewed collective book upon the positive reviews

Conference fee does not include travel or accommodation expenses

Conference fee should be paid before 5 April 2018 (if the transfer is late, please inform the organizers).



Conference date      25.04.2018

Venue                                 Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego, Warszawa, Polska \ the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, ul. Nowoursynowska 166; 02-787 Warsaw

Languages                                POLISH*, ENGLISH*, UKRAINIAN*, RUSSIAN*

* We recommend you to prepare your ppt presentation in English


Important dates

Application deadline                  5.04.2018

Conference fee payment             5.04.2018

Final paper submission date        5.05.2018

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