2013 Summer Institute: The War on Youth
The 2013 Summer Institute is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary workshop that invites undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows or doctoral recipients with an interest in youth-related research to work collaboratively with major researchers and public intellectuals to generate new scholarship and innovative modes of public communication related to the research theme: “The War on Youth.” Students will have opportunities to explore how young people around the globe in the twenty-ﬁrst century are growing up in circumstances characterized by a range of precarious conditions that include ecological catastrophes, increasing levels of poverty and debt, the rise of a youth punishment and incarceration mentality, expanding commercial media and advertising networks, widening social inequalities, and under resourced health care and education systems. These conditions are especially dire for youth whose contexts are informed and shaped in different ways by geographic location, wealth, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and (dis)ability.
Leading scholars from a broad range of disciplines will facilitate seminars, cultural events, and evening panels with the goal of generating interdisciplinary research opportunities that have meaningful public impact dedicated to addressing a range of social, political, economic and cultural issues impacting youth. Students will have the opportunity for close engagement in youth-related research with program facilitators across a wide variety of activities that, on a daily basis, include:
- Seminars – A class where students and scholars discuss youth-related research.
- Cultural Events – An engagement of youth-related research and social concerns that are accessed through different forums and mediums. Possible activities for cultural events include: ﬁlm screenings, visits to other areas of the McMaster campus, and/or ﬁeld trips off-campus to various Hamilton communities, organizations, museums, theatres and/or centres.
- Evening Panels – Informal evening panel discussion that include various academic and non-academic participants who will collectively discuss social issues pertaining to youth.
Research and publication opportunities for participating students and researchers registered in the program may include students’ ﬁnal research projects being hosted and disseminated through the MCSPI.ca website. Students and researchers who complete The War on Youth 2013 program will also be awarded with a Certiﬁcate of Completion that can be taken to their home institution to apply for a course credit.
Henry A. Giroux
Professor, English and Cultural Studies; Global TV Network Chair, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University.
- Jennifer Adese
- John Connolly
- Brad Evans
- Jennifer Fisher
- Bonnie Freeman
- Melonie Fullick
- Henry A. Giroux
- David Theo Goldberg
- Lawrence Grossberg
- Sheila Harms
- Benson Honig
- Sut Jhally
- Cryn Johannsen
- Douglas Kellner
- Joseph Kim
- Mariette Lee
- Rick Monture
- Tolu Olorunda
- Simon Orpana
- Tyler J. Pollard
- Kenneth J. Saltman
- Riaz Sayani-Mulji
- Lisa Schwartz
- Erika Shaker
- Paul Ugor
The Summer Institute for the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest (MCSPI) is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary program that invites a select group of students and researchers to work collaboratively with major scholars and public intellectuals from a broad range of disciplines on a topic of serious social and political concern.
Led by youth studies theorist Henry A. Giroux at McMaster University, the MCSPI Summer Institute 2013 will engage in a variety of scholarly and creative activities as well as a series of transdisciplinary and collaborative research workshops on the theme of “the war on youth.”
Students will have opportunities to participate in small working groups with leading scholars and explore how young people around the globe in the twenty-first century are growing up – that is, being young and becoming adults – in circumstances characterized by a range of precarious conditions that include ecological catastrophes, increasing levels of poverty and debt, the rise of a youth punishment and incarceration mentality, expanding commercial media and advertising networks, widening social inequalities, and under resourced health care and education systems. This is especially so for youth whose contexts are informed and shaped in different ways by geographic location, wealth, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and (dis)ability.
Today, young people are a significant population impacted by ongoing attacks and the elimination of vital social programs, resources, and social protections. In the aftermath of the 2008-09 global financial crisis, nation-states have maintained tax subsidies for corporate and wealthy interests by cutting back commitments to public spending. As the social contract and social state are being hollowed out, low income, poor minority, indigenous, and disenfranchised youth in many parts of the world are being deprived of the most basic public goods, extending from quality health care to education. Young people struggling to contend with a variety of social and economic challenges – from living on or under the poverty line to struggling with mental illness – are less often seen by the public as people who face problems created by inequitable social systems than as “problem youth” whose vulnerabilities warrant punishment and criminalization rather than substantive social investments and care.
In addition, many more young people than ever before face bleak prospects for their futures as they encounter huge debt, long-term unemployment, and extreme uncertainty regarding the stable roles and standard of living achieved by their parents.
Today’s youth must also navigate increasingly complex digital environments, as the influences and effects of digital media and information technologies are still unfolding. Consequently, young people are often immersed in global cultural environments dominated by a hyper-commodified, hyper-sexualized, and evolving virtual landscape that has remade the terrain of where young people live and learn.
The MSCPI Summer Institute 2013 will facilitate interaction between young scholars and established scholars to address some of the difficulties regarding how young people might respond to the world they have inherited, and will soon be responsible for, as they transition into their roles as global citizens. In a world rife with violence and inter-cultural tensions—from the war on terror to mass movements of refugees and popular uprisings through the Middle East—the diverse effects of global precariousness constitute both an assault on the prospect of a sustainable future for all young people, but also a source of hope for social change.
The MCSPI Summer Institute 2013 will bring together undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows or doctoral recipients with an interest in youth-related research to participate in developing modes of critique and strategies for social, political, cultural, and economic alternatives to “the war on youth.” Here, “the war on youth” serves as a provocation and an invocation to explore how the various crises faced by youth can best be understood and countered by scholars across disciplines who are engaged in meaningful and publicly oriented research that connects with local and global communities.
The War on Youth 2013 Summer Institute has invited leading scholars and public intellectuals who offer a range of expertise – from Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Youth and Indigenous Studies to those in the fields of Health Care, Psychology, Business, and Neuroscience – to facilitate seminars, cultural events, and evening roundtables with the goal of generating interdisciplinary research opportunities that will have a meaningful public impact dedicated to addressing the manifold dimensions of the war on youth. The program will also incorporate the participation of graduate students, youth activists, and activists working in different ways in the interests of young people.
Research and publication opportunities for participating students and researchers registered in the program may include students’ final research projects being hosted and disseminated through the MCSPI.ca website.
Students and researchers who complete The War on Youth 2013 program will also be awarded with a Certificate of Completion that can be taken to their home institution to apply for a course credit.
We welcome those interested in The War on Youth program to review the program timetable, the profiles of our participating facilitators, and application and admission details. Any and all inquiries may be sent to the following email address: email@example.com