Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. As a leading international figure in sociological studies of popular music and youth culture, he has written and edited numerous books including Popular Music and Youth Culture, Music, Style and Aging and Music Scenes (co-edited with Richard A. Peterson). He is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Centre for Cultural Sociology, an International Research Fellow of the Finnish Youth Research Network, a founding member of the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture and a founding member of the Regional Music Research Group.
Keynote: Youth cultural practice and well-being.
Carmen Leccardi is currently Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. She is the director of the doctoral program in Applied Sociology and Methodology of Social Research. She was Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunities in the period between 2012 and 2013 and is currently scientific coordinator of the Inter-University Research Center ‘Gender Cultures’. From 2013 to 2015 she was President of the European Association of Sociology (ESA).
Her lines of research are related to the study of processes of cultural change. In this context, she carried out national and international research on cultural models, with a particular focus on young people; gender and generational differences; experiences of time and their changes. As for her research methods, Leccardi gives priority to qualitative approaches, and hermeneutical methods in particular. Her last book, edited with C. Feixa and P. Nilan, is: Youth, Space and Time. Agoras and Chronotopes in the Global City (Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2016).
Keynote: A new individualism? Contemporary scenarios of young people's wellbeing.
Sian Lincoln is Reader in Communication, Media & Youth Culture at Liverpool John Moores University. She has published widely on aspects of youth culture and her monograph Youth Culture and Private Space was published by Palgrave in 2012. Sian is currently working on a project with Brady Robards on Facebook Timelines and narratives of growing up with a book Growing up on Facebook due for publication in 2019. She is co-editor of 2 book series: Cinema and Youth Cultures (Routledge) and Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures & Popular Music. Sian is on the management group of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Music, Subcultures and Social Change and is on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online.
Keynote: Getting away from it all? Teenagers, Private Space and Wellbeing.
Jaana Lähteenmaa is an Adjunct Professor in Youth Research, University of Tampere. Her overall research interests include youth culture, youth policy and the "marginalisation processes" of young people (i.e., the processes themselves and how they are constructed and produced by the society). She is interested in the discourses around "youth problems" in their different forms and the governance of young people, especially in the Finnish context. Her methodological orientations include both qualitative and quantitative methods, and their combinations. She has a big interest in reflecting on the limitations of different methodological tools. Her PhD tackled youth cultures of late modernity: interpretations about groups and dimensions of belonging.
Keynote: Reflecting Finnish youth culture studies from the 1980’s onwards in relation to subculture- vs. post-subculture debate.