25. – 28.03.2024 | University of Vienna

International Conference #YouthMediaLife 2024

The organisers of the conference, Susanne Reichl and Ute Smit, welcome you with their video message!

Following our first international online conference in 2021, we are aiming for an on site meeting of colleagues interested in media practices and lifeworlds of young people, especially through an interdisciplinary lens. The increasingly complex postdigital worlds that young people inhabit and transform have been the focus of the research platform #YouthMediaLife at the University of Vienna for some years now, and we are hoping to strengthen our interdisciplinary engagement even more for our second international conference. We are therefore inviting international experts from various fields who are committed to take an inter- or multidisciplinary view of young people’s narratives that are told by, for, to and about them.

Keynote speakers:

Judith Ackermann, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany
Philippe Wampfler, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Plenary co-presenters:

Suzana Jovicic & Julia Sonnleitner, #YouthMediaLife / University of Vienna, Austria
Matthias Leichtfried, Florian Mayrhofer & Georg Wendt, #YouthMediaLife / University of Vienna, Austria

This three-day conference at the University of Vienna has at its heart questions about young people's media practices and the manifold questions they raise: What mediatization processes are part of young people’s lifeworlds and how do they impact on the dynamics between individuation and group formation processes? How are identities co-constructed in and through digital media and what role do strategies play which young people employ deliberately to distinguish between analogue and digital practices? What role does school play as a place for the learning of media competences but also as a crucial space for socialization processes? How has technological change shaped narrative practices and what is young people’s role in participating in these transformational processes? What patterns of in- and exclusion can be identified in social media which en- or disable democratic participation and political agency and what are inclusive and democratic means of expression? What medial expressions do young people choose for major concerns, such as the environmental crisis or war in Europe? And how can we as academics keep up with a swiftly changing global media landscape that is contingent on economic upheavals, fashions, trends and shifting demographics?