Lynne A. Chisholm: page of appreciation



Lynne A. Chisholm


RC34 President from 1998 to 2002

 lynne chisholm

In memoriam

by Helena Helve, Ngai Ngan-pun , Jim Côté and Ani Wierenga

Lynne was President of RC34 from 1998 to 2002, and Vice-President for Europe from 1994 to 1998. She passed away peacefully on March 1, 2015, comforted by her husband of some 35 years, Dieter. Her memorial service was held on March 14, 2015, in Walddorf Germany, and was well attended by colleagues, friends, and family.Lynne was born on March 9, 1952, in Birmingham, England. She studied in England (Hons. B.A. Sheffield), Canada (M.A., Victoria, BC), and then back in England, earning her doctorate in Sociology at the University of London (supervised by Basil Bernstein).

In 2004, she took a position at the University of Innsbruck as Chair of Education of the Generations. In 2006, she founded the Research Centre Education – Generation – CV, and from 2005 to 2008 directed the Institute of Education Sciences. Her many visiting professorships took her to places like Copenhagen and Oslo.

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personal anecdotes and recognition of professional scholarship
Lynne Chisholm认为,在当今“知识爆炸”的年代,知识与青年世代有着密切的关系。这涉及世代传递的历史过程、世代如何传递以及当代青年是怎样一个知识世代。20世纪计算机的出现更是改变了社会,改变了青年,也改变了人类。她从社会变迁的三个方面(知识社会、教育培训、文化沟通),设定了三个社会结构(青年世代、知识)进行了世代传递的研究和分析。我们可以看出,Lynne的全部分析建立在“Generation”一词的释义上,因为它本身具有“生产”、“世代”、“一代人”的丰富含义,从而得出结论.
Songxing Su: excerpt from “ISA-RC34 and China Youth Research”. Lecture seminar in Shanghai “Youth Science century youth research” (You can find out what this means at
Many will remember Lynne for leading the MA EYS pilot curriculum development project – a remarkable achievement and unique experience for everyone involved.  It had taken years to take shape but really started to come together during the EU Presidency of Luxembourg in 2005. As Lynne and I walked to a meeting during a youth event she suddenly halted and asked me if I wanted to be ‘co-director’ of the project.  I smiled.  “Lynne”, I said, “when you are involved in anything, there is only one director and that is you”.  I offered and promised to be her trusty lieutenant, and that is what I tried to be.  Some used to say we were like an old married couple – always grumbling at each other but often quite inseparable.  For the most part, we worked and socialised very well together.I loved Lynne dearly and deeply, to the point where she was the godmother of my daughter. I owe her gratitude for many things, not least introducing me to rc34, re-engaging me with the Council of Europe at the start of the 1990s, insisting on me establishing some clear professional priorities when I was being pulled in numerous directions at the end of the 1990s, and involving me in the MA EYS.  Lynne was never easy but she was always inspiring: when she put her mind to something, it usually succeeded.  She had high expectations of others and certainly did not suffer fools.  These were not always endearing traits, but many more than me appreciated that we often followed on her coat-tails.  I was very happy to be her loyal and trusted lieutenant – the social glue to complement her intellectual power and leadership.  Thank you, dear Lynne

Howard Williamson (Organisational Secretary)

Als ich von Lynnes Tod am 1. März 2015 erfuhr, überraschend, ich hatte lange keinen Kontakt mehr mit ihr, tauchte, noch bevor ich zu denken anfing, ihr Bild vor mir auf, eine
Frau mit einem sehr englischen Gesicht und einem hellen, oft übermütigen lauten Lachen. Wir waren viele Jahre enge Kolleginnen und auch Freundinnen.
Lynne hatte ein riesiges Netzwerk von WissenschaftlerInnen und JugendexpertInnen im In- und Ausland. Ihre Passion war „Jugend und Europa“, und so hatten wir uns auch kennengelernt. Das Besondere an Lynnes Aktivitäten war ein inniger Verbund von Theorie, Politik und praktischen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten, dies war ihr sowohl im Hinblick auf theoretische Erkenntnisse als auch bezüglich der europäischen Jugendpolitik wichtig.

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Manuela du Bois-Reymond in ‘Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung/Discourse. Journal of Childhood and Adolescence Research’, n. 2/2015, pp. 243-244