Events Archive

Listed below are past events from the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.

Public Lecture by Professor Michelle Fine

Wednesday, 11 September – Thursday, 12 September

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Continuing Professional Development Sessions for Professionals in Education, Library Services and Youth Work

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2019

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Collaboration, Creativity and Complexities Conference 2019

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2019

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Beyond Inclusion: Supporting meaningful arts engagement for diverse young people

Tuesday 13th November 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm, La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550

In this forum, diverse young people from Greater Bendigo will share their perspectives on meaningful arts engagement.

Drawing on their collective experiences, they will offer practical tips and ideas about how they would like to be engaged, to help organisations and practitioners support meaningful youth engagement in participatory arts activities, from project conception to presentation and evaluation.

Providing a case study of the opportunities and challenges of this work, Dr Caitlin Nunn (Manchester Centre for Youth Studies) will also share findings from Dispersed Belongings: a participatory arts-based study of belonging among refugee-background young people. The Bendigo component of the study was conducted in 2016 in collaboration with Karen young people, City of Greater Bendigo Arts and Culture, Bendigo Community Health Services and the Karen Organisation of Bendigo.

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This forum is co-presented by the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge Cultural Hub, Bendigo, and young people from Greater Bendigo

Professor Hannah Smithson Inaugural Lecture

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wine reception 5.30pm with talk starting at 6pm

In order for youth research to be both relevant and legitimate, it is important that young people themselves have the opportunity to participate in conducting research, interpreting findings and implementing learnings, giving them opportunity to actually contribute to decision-making that may affect them. In this public lecture, Hannah will talk about her research in the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), which strives to enable and create youth-informed, youth-led research. The lecture will focus on the notion of authentic youth participation as opposed to processes of consultation, and the significant benefits to be brought by the democratisation of research and re-balancing the notion of expertise and who holds it. Hannah’s work champions a move away from tokenistic attempts at participation towards more truly collaborative working with young people; whereby young people are seen as part of the solution and not the problem. Drawing on examples of projects where she has used participative and creative methodologies, in particular her work in the field of youth justice, Hannah will reflect on both the benefits and challenges of co-creation and collaborating with young people.

This lecture will be introduced by Professor Richard Greene, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Manchester Met and will be followed with a response from Jo Phoenix, Professor of Criminology at the Open University.

Professor Hannah Smithson is Director of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Man Met. She has worked in the field of criminology for over 15 years. She works collaboratively with a host of local, national and international communities/stakeholders. She has directed projects funded by the YJB, ESRC, AHRC, local authorities, police forces and charities. Her research has been instrumental in shaping agendas in research and policy across three interconnected areas: Youth Justice, Youth Gangs, and Community Safety and Crime prevention. Young people’s participation is at the heart of the research Hannah carries out and she is committed to developing research methods that enable this. 

MCYS Presents: Thinking Historically about Childhood

Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 4:15pm, Manchester Metroplitan University, Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M15 6LL

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MCYS Presents: GMYJUP's Annual Conference 2017

Thursday 26th October 2017 from 10-3.00 pm, Benzie Building, Manchester Metroplitan University, Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M15 6LL

The Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) held their third GMYJUP annual conference in October 2017: Participatory Youth Practice: A new framework for youth justice, hosted at Manchester Metropolitan University.

GMYJUP provides an innovative, ground breaking model linking effective practice, research capabilities and collaborative approaches, supporting Greater Manchester to lead the way nationally in collaborative approaches to delivering effective practice in youth justice.

This year we launched GMYJUP's new Participatory Youth Practice framework for youth justice. Participatory Youth Practice is an evidence based, research-informed framework of youth justice practice, developed through co-creation and participatory research with young people in Greater Manchester. It uses young people's lived experiences, supported by academic theory and research evidence, to formulate a new approach to youth justice.

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MCYS Presents: Action Research to Develop Practitioner Planning Resource with Dr Angela Dew UNSW

Monday, 7 September 2017 from 11-1.00 pm, Room GM234, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metroplitan University, Rosamond Street West, Manchester, M15 6LL

MCYS hosted a workshop in association with Dr Angela Dew from the University of New South Wales on 7th September, 2017.

Dr Angela Dew spoke about her work around action research practioner planning resources.

Action Research is a participatory method that blends theory and practice by engaging end users in the design and refinement of research outputs. In a project known as the Support Planning Framework, Angela used an action research approach to engage a small group of highly experienced practitioners over a five-month period in co-design of a planning resource kit. A graphic design company was engaged to produce a high quality, highly visual product. Using action research meant the resource kit has been widely acclaimed as practical and sophisticated. The resource is now being used in undergraduate and graduate disability courses throughout Australia. Angela was commissioned to develop a one-day training package on the resource which was delivered to 250 people in 18 workshops across NSW and in Perth, Western Australia.

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Lecture: Lost in Transition: young people, disability and the criminal justice system - 3 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016 from 5-7pm, 70 Oxford St - 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

MCYS are hosting a public lecture in collaboration with Associate Professor Leanne Dowse from the University of New South Wales on 3rd October, 2016.

Associate Professor Leanne Dowse will be speaking about her work around young people, disability and the criminal justice system. This will be followed by a panel discussion including lead policy makers from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Youth Justice Board (YJB).

Leanne's talk will draw attention to the fact that there is significant and growing concern in the global North at the social exclusion and criminalisation of some young disabled people. An emerging body of evidence suggests that this group figure significantly in policing, justice and correctional settings, both as victims and as offenders. Their trajectories into the criminal justice system typically begin early and, in the absence of an effective social care response, continue throughout their lives.

This lecture will explore the ways in which these young people’s experiences interlock in complex ways across compounding impairment, histories of victimization, early and persistent social disadvantage, placement in out of home care, early educational disengagement, precarious housing and substance misuse. Multiple poorly supported transitions within and between systems of social care are also a hallmark of their experience.

Drawing on the challenges identified in the Australian experience, discussion will centre on the effects of limited systemic capacity to recognise and respond to these complex needs in exacerbating vulnerability for this group, whose care and containment are often defrayed to the criminal justice system as the key system of response. Pathways for effective and targeted prevention and support are highlighted.

The panel discussion will draw on both a UK and Australian context and will link with current research being carried out by MCYS in partnership with Achievement for All (AfA) and the Association of YOT Managers (AYM) for the DfE.

This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and Manchester Children’s Book Festival Event: Youth in Crisis? - 14th May 2016

On 14th May, 2016 the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) invited young people from across Manchester to an interactive event to generate the opportunity to discuss their ideas, feelings and observations on the question of ‘is youth in crisis?’ The event explored the lived experience of young people, allowing for an opportunity to challenge popular misconceptions of youth.

The event was a trailblazer event as part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF) and facilitated an opportunity for young people from Manchester to discuss, debate and create new understandings of the question of youth in crisis. The event offered local young people aged 13 to 18 years a chance to express issues they may face, as well as, equally importantly, offer solutions to challenges.

This exciting event was facilitated through the use of performance poetry facilitated by local performance poets from Manchester’s very own Wordsmiths and Young Identity groups. As if that was not enough! Nationally renowned young people’s author Alex Wheatle, author of ‘Brixton Rocks’ also worked with the young people throughout the day in creating poetry and other literary forms that were later performed at a follow up event at Manchester Central Library that was held on Saturday July 2nd 2016.

'Politics of Widening Participation' and Book Launch for 'Making Youth' - 18th July 2016

Please join us on 18th July 2016 from 5pm-7.30pm in the Benzie Building 403, BZ403, followed by a drinks reception at the Benzie Roof Garden.

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BSA Youth Study Group Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers - 28th April 2016

10am - 4pm, 28th April 2016, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

In collaboration with the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.

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Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe: Children’s Peer Cultures, Past and Present - 1st April 2016

Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe‌10am -5pm, Friday 1st April 2016

The first workshop in a series of cross-disciplinary events, exploring aspects of children and young people’s cultures and agency.

How do children shape their own understanding of the world around them? Children’s lived experience, agency and cultures, especially in the past, are often seen and not heard - or at least not heard from their own perspectives. As historians pursue what ‘childhood’ meant to children, how can models and approaches drawn from modern childhood studies be usefully adopted? And how can the study of children in the past enrich our understanding of influences on children and how they engage with their physical and social environment?

This workshop is the first in a series at MMU exploring children’s agency in shaping their own cultures. The programme brings together scholars and practitioners in the historical and archaeological disciplines, social sciences, theatre and literature, and education, with a view to future collaborative work. The theme of this first workshop is children’s peer cultures.

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Youth of Today: What it means to be young in Manchester - 14th November 2015

On Saturday 14th November, 2015 the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) invited young people from across Manchester to an interactive event to consult on what it is like to be young in Manchester today. The event took place at Z-Arts. The event sought to highlight the complexity of young people’s lives in ways, which contest negative stereotypes of their behaviour, both in contemporary society and historically.

The event was part of the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science and aimed to highlight contemporary experiences of what it is like to be young. The event offered local young people aged 15 to 18 years a chance to express issues they may face, as well as, equally importantly, offer solutions to challenges in their lives.

Young Voices: The Active Engagement of Young People - 25th June 2015

10am-3.30pm, 25th June 2015

MCYS invites you to a FREE methods-based workshop. This event is open to academics, practitioners, and local youth organisations.

There will be five interactive sessions, each led by a different presenter:

  • Gary Buxton (Young Advisors, Peer Research)
  • Andrew Clark (University of Salford, Visual Methodologies)
  • Natalie Walton (Freelance Arts Consultant, Art and Creative Methods)
  • Joanne Tippett (Ketso, Hands-on kits for Creative Engagement)
  • Katherine Runswick-Cole (Manchester Metropolitan University, Creative Methodologies)

The day will conclude with a short Q&A session, based on the day’s activities. We hope you’ll join us to share our experiences and ideas.

S.O.P.H.I.E. (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere) - April 2015

In April this year, MCYS will host Sylvia Lancaster at a free public talk.

In this talk, Sylvia Lancaster (The Sophie Lancaster Foundation) speaks from a completely personal perspective, with honesty, about her daughter’s murder, the trial and the work of the Foundation that was established in Sophie’s name.

Following the murder of her “goth” daughter Sophie in 2007, Sylvia Lancaster, an experienced youth worker, established the Sophie Lancaster Foundation Charity, whose aims are to create a lasting legacy to Sophie through education and campaigning for the UK Hate Crime legislation to include alternative subcultures.

‘Being Young during World War One’ - 30th April 2015

This international conference examines the effects of the First World War on children and young people, and its social and psychological legacies.

Growing up in a period of conflict had an immense impact on the young. There were deep fears and anxieties, but also freedoms and opportunities. For some, the costs were relationships traumatised by separation and the death or injury of family members and friends. For others, school lives were disrupted, adult supervision relaxed and wages rose as a result of labour shortage. Some were caught up in the military excitements of war and enlisted as boy soldiers; others protested and took part in strike action. The image of the child became a potent figure in propaganda and patriotic parades and performances, while war themes became a popular theme in juvenile literature.

This conference encourages papers and contributions which reflect the flourishing scholarship of the past two decades on youth and childhood during the First World War.  All disciplines welcome.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, along with a short biography, to Dr Fiona Cosson: by 30th April 2015. Download the Call for Papers.

To find out more, please visit the conference website.

Conference Organisers: Professor Melanie Tebbutt, Dr Fiona Cosson, Dr Marcus Morris, Dr Rebecca Andrew and Dr Sam Edwards at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This conference is supported by the Manchester Centre for Regional History and the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, and organised as part of the AHRC World War One Centre: Voices of War and Peace, based at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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