New Proposed Sessions
New Working Session: Pacific Youth: Pacific Futures
Discussion on any aspect of Pacific childhood and youth, in the islands and the diaspora, was invited for this session. It which was originally mooted as an informal session but shifted to a working session due to a number of participants who expressed interest and circulated abstracts prior to the conference. In all we had 15 participants as well as others who attended the full
day session and contributed to the rich and lively discussion. There were 8 others who expressed interest but were unable to attend the conference; hopefully some will be able to attend next year.
The presentations were organised into several broad thematic areas: youth participation and empowerment; livelihoods/employment; and migration and identity. During the day a number of other key themes emerged, including: definitions of ‘youth’ and the position of youth within family and community; generational issues and temporality, e.g. future facing issues (climate change,
events like elections, etc) and past facing issues (eg ‘cultural trauma’ discourse; ideas of ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’); gender – as an overarching theme; negotiating responsibilities vs desires; rural/urban differences; mental health issues and wellbeing; education; and the impact of digital technologies.
Presentations on the day were:
Given the wide range of excellent contributions we have decided to move to a symposium for 2018 with papers pre-circulated by early November 2017. Bob Franco has kindly agreed to be a discussant. The intention is to produce an edited volume soon after next year’s conference, to follow up the ASAO monograph Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (Herdt and Leavitt, eds,
1998). Meanwhile, we are looking into ways to keep up communications during the year, and welcome new participants.
Helen Lee, Department of Social Inquiry, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086, AUSTRALIA; <H.Lee@latrobe.edu.au>