December 7 and 8, 2015 (Melbourne, Australia)


A society at war with its children is a society in deep crisis (Conway, 2012)
Hope is a way of dreaming up possible futures: an anticipatory virtue that permeates our lives and activates them (Braidotti, 2013)


Lyn Harrison, Chris Hickey and Perri Campbell

(Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation, School of Education, Deakin University)


Peter Kelly

Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, School of Education, RMIT University

Fifteen years into the 21st century millions of young people around the globe are marginalised in educational, cultural, social, economic and political contexts that are local and global; that are characterised by increasing wealth and poverty, and a widening gap between them; by the remaking of the markers of marginalisation in which some forms appear to wane while new forms seem to emerge; by global ruptures that are marked by austerity, recession and the remaking of the welfare state in the aftermath of the GFC; and which have been characterised, variously (and not unproblematically), as signalling a ‘clash of civilisations’, as the ‘end times’ (Žižek 2010). During the so called Year of the Protester (Time 2011) we witnessed many young people around the world – the Spanish Indignados, the global Occupy movement, the young people of the various and different revolutions in the Arab Spring, and those participating in, and caught up by, the riots in many cities in the UK during August 2011 – voice their anxiety, uncertainty and anger about their experience of these diverse and emerging circumstances.

High levels of youth unemployment and precarious employment, student debt accompanying increased costs for higher education, housing costs that lock many out of home ownership, and the challenges for young people’s physical and mental health and well-being are re-shaping young people’s sense of self and of their chances for meaningful participation in relationships and settings that traditionally identified someone as an adult, as a citizen. This conference/collection, drawing on a range of theoretical, methodological and empirical work, will identify, explore, map and debate the challenges and opportunities, the possibilities and limitations, of the politics of outrage and hope that should accompany academic, community and political discussions about the futures that young people will inherit and make.
Call for Abstracts (Expressions of Interest)

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference AND contributing a chapter to this proposed book, please provide the following details in a word document, and email to by Friday, January 30, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by convenors and a decision on inclusion made by the start of March 2015.

 Name of author(s), Institutional affiliation and email address.

Title of paper/chapter

Abstract (250-300 words)

Conference location:
Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre, 550 Bourke Street.


Download the poster: Poster-TASA-Politics-of-Outrage-Hope7