Working Session: Pacific Youth: Pacific Futures
Saturday, February 3, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Versailles B
This year we will continue the discussions begun in 2017 about Pacific childhood and youth, in the islands and the diaspora. The presentations fall into several broad thematic areas: youth participation and empowerment; livelihoods/employment; and migration and identity. A number of other 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.
It should be another lively session in 2018! Confirmed participants are: Doris Bacalzo, Desiree Barron-Callaci, Larry Carucci, Mary K Good, Rachel Emerine Hicks, Tate LeFevre, Helen Lee, Christopher Little, Caleb Panapa Marsters, Veronica Miranda & Lei Wann, Seipua (Sei) O'Brien, Mary L. Spencer, and Jemaima Tiatia-Seath.
Bob Franco has kindly agreed to be the discussant for this session.
Others who have expressed interest in participating but are unable to attend include: Imelda Ambelye, Aidan Craney, Daniel Evans, Aaron Ferguson, and Patrick Vakaoti.
After the session in New Orleans the intention is to produce an edited volume to follow up the ASAO monograph Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (Herdt and Leavitt, eds, 1998).
Helen Lee, Department of Social Inquiry, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086, AUSTRALIA; <H.Lee@latrobe.edu.au>