Centre for Political Youth Culture And Communication

The Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) is dedicated to exploring the socio-cultural factors influencing the civic engagement of young people and its means of communicative expression. Young networking citizens in many parts of the world today play a crucial role in shaping the future prospects for democratic societies. The styles, nature and means of their political engagement is therefore of increasing importance to policy-makers and academics alike. Our research is focused upon the communicative, emotional, embodied, and aesthetical modes of youth citizenship. We examine the social construction of the political identities of young people within the context of widening social inequality, climate change, reflexive individualism and a networked media ecology.

About

About Us

CPAC is interested in a whole range of questions about young people's political cultures and forms of political communication:‌

  • How do young citizens understand and practice politics?
  • How do young people become political agents?
  • In what ways are forms of political culture changing?
  • How are young citizens using social media and user generated content for political ends?
  • What kinds of political cultures do university campuses promote and what role do these play in young people's political socialisation?

The Centre is affiliated to The Worldwide Universities Network Study group on Networking Young Citizens – http://www.wun.ac.uk/wun/research/view/networking-young-citizens

Current Activity

Nisha Kapoor was recently interviewed about her work on citizenship deprivation in the context of the war on terror. You can find further information about Nisha's current research by following this link - https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/research/current-research/kapoor-esrc/

Brian Loader recently participated in The Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy. For further information see -  http://www.parliament.uk/business/commons/the-speaker/speakers-commission-on-digital-democracy/ddc-news/engagement-meeting/

Brian is currently working on a comparative study involving research in Australia, the UK and USA - The Civic Network: A comparative study of the use of social media for enhancing young people's civic engagement

Nathan Manning has recently (2015) edited a book which explores Political (Dis)engagement: The Changing Nature of the 'Political' CPAC is home to the international journal Information, Communication & Society Brian Loader recently (2014) co-edited a book with Ariadne Vromen and Michael Xenos on The Networked Young Citizen

 

Brian Loader and Ian Davies along with other academics met with young citizens and Karen Buck MP at The House of Commons to discuss recent research and potential policy developments. Brian Loader and Ian Davies co-organised the International Communication Association's Preconference on The Political Communication of Young Citizens through Social Media at the LSE in London, June 2013. Pictured (left to right): Susan Mellor, Alex Segerberg, Lance Armstrong, Ian Davies, Kjerstin Thorson, Chris Wells, Michael Xenos, Stephen Coleman and Brian Loader.

 

We acknowledge the creators of the images used in the CPAC banner:

People

Co-Directors

Associate Members:

Publications

A selection of recent publications.

 Books

Articles

PhD Research

PhD Research

We welcome applications form prospective postgrad students both from the UK and around the world who wish to study some aspect of political youth culture and communication. Information on our PhD programmes is online on these web pages

Please send an outline of your research proposal by email to either: Nisha Kapoor, Brian Loader or Nathan Manning.

nisha.kapoor@york.ac.uk

brian.loader@york.ac.uk

nathan.manning@york.ac.uk

‘During my time as a postgraduate researcher at York I was able to apply my transferable skills and engage with leading international scholars by organizing an international conference on digital democracy’.

- Dr Dan Mercer, City University London.

Holly Steel

'My research has been greatly enriched by my time here in York, where I have been offered a range of opportunities to develop my work beyond the bounds of a written thesis. I have been able to run a conference and act as guest editor for a special issue, as well as teach undergraduate students. These opportunities are enlivened by a vibrant academic community.'

- Ms Holly Steel, PhD candidate.

 

'Coming to York as an international student, I had many expectations, uncertainties and even fears. It did not take me too long to realize that I made the right choice. At York, I learned how to be independent while getting all the academic and personal support I needed. The University of York provides all the facilities a student might need; a highly-equipped library, psychological and financial care, and, above all, professional academic guidance.

Being a York graduate, I could build and maintain long-term professional relationships that help me enhance my competences. While doing my research, I worked as a research consultant with the BBC and the Open University. Soon after I got my PhD, I was awarded an associateship at one of the most prestigious universities in the US, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Currently, I am a researcher in a research project that is led by the University of York and the American University in Cairo.

If you aspire for a unique education and learning experience, the University of York is definitely your best choice.'

- Dr Nermeen Kaseem Hanafy.

Some of our current and past PhD students include:

  • Dr Dan Mercea, PhD Communication Studies (2012) Title: Communicating Offline Protests Online: Mapping Changes in Mobilization, Identity-Building and Organization.
  • Holly Steel - PhD Sociology (current candidate) Title: Content curation in conflict coverage by news organisations and alternative media producers.
  • Dr Nermeen Kaseem Hanafy, PhD Communication Studies (2013) Title: Young Egyptian Activists’ Perceptions Of The Potential Of Social Media For Mobilisation.

 

Contact Us

Twitter: follow us - @PoliticalYouth2              

Facebook: join our Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1503505606622951/

Email:

Telephone: +44 (0)1904 323041

Address:

Department of Sociology
Wentworth College
University of York
Heslington
YORK YO10 5DD

CPAC Conference

Call for Papers
Contemporary Political Youth Culture and Communication
A two-day Symposium
University of York, UK
18-19 July 2016

Marking the launch of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) this two-day international symposium explores the socio-cultural factors influencing the civic engagement of young people and its means of communicative expression. Young networking citizens in many parts of the world today play a crucial role in shaping the future prospects for democratic societies. The styles, nature and means of their political engagement is therefore of increasing importance to policy-makers and academics alike. This event is focused upon the communicative, emotional, embodied, and aesthetical modes of youth citizenship. It examines the social construction of the political identities of young people within the context of widening social inequality, climate change, reflexive individualism and a networked social media ecology.  We welcome papers drawing upon research and theory that address questions of contemporary political youth culture including, but not limited to, such topics as: 

Citizenship norms Political talk Social networking
Precarious employment Celebrity politics Personalisation
Identity politics Social movement protest Community politics
Political socialisation Civic education Political education
Transnational politics Populist parties  Youth campaigns 
Migration politics Electoral engagement  

 

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Henrik Bang, University of Copenhagen and Canberra University
Prof. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
Prof. Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Florence

 

Conference organisers:
Brian D. Loader, University of York, brian.loader@york.ac.uk
Nathan Manning, University of York, nathan.manning@york.ac.uk
Nisha Kapoor, University of York, nisha.kapoor@york.ac.uk

Admin: Sarah Shrive-Morrison, sarah.shrive-morrison@york.ac.uk 

CPAC Poster (PDF  , 1,021kb)

Key Dates
Please submit title, abstract and brief biography for consideration to brian.loader@york.ac.uk
by Monday 7 March 2016
Notification of decision - Monday 14 March, 2016

Registration for the conference

Final CPAC Programme (PDF  , 723kb)

 

(free) Public Lecture Monday 18 July 2016 18:00-20:00 (Bowland Auditorium - BS/005)
CPAC Public Lecture (PDF  , 730kb)

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