CFP: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices, 9-10 September 2017, Kingston University, London, UK,



Conference: Teenage Kicks: Global teenage cultures, representations and practices

Event date: Saturday 9 September – Sunday 10 September 2017
Kingston University, London
Deadline for Proposals: 1st March 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate E. Taylor-Jones, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

The popular contemporary representation of a teenager is someone who stays in their bedroom with their tablet and phone, only venturing out for sustenance.  Media panics around violence and videogames, online pornography and extreme television and film also construct the teenager as a passive victim of the mass media. The purpose of this two day conference is to interrogate popular representations, cultures and sub-cultures, and practices of teenagers on a global level.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks 20 minute papers and panel proposals which interrogate popular conceptions and misconceptions of the teenager. Papers and panels will approach the teenager from a global perspective are particularly welcome.

Themes include:

•       Bedroom Cultures

•       Fan practices and cultures

•       Blogs/Vlogs and other internet practices

•       Selfie culture

•       Fashion and beauty

•       Music and sub-cultural identities

•       Constructions of the ‘girl’ or constructions of the ‘boy’ in popular culture

•       Teenage cinema

•       Online dating and sexting

•       K-Pop/J-Pop and hybridity

•       Teenagers and the ideology of anti-social behaviour

•       Religion and the teenager

•       Histories of the teenager

•       Young Adult literature

•       Young Adult television and film

•       The law and the teenager

Please email abstracts (250-300) words to Colette Balmain ( or Lucy Williams ( by no later than March 1st 2017 and don’t forget to include your name, email address and institutional affiliation if applicable. We look forward to hearing from you.

For further information about this event contact: Dr Colette Balmain at:

Updated details will appear on the conference website:


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