24-25 May 2019
Conference organised by the Hellenic Republic National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Economics and Political Science, in collaboration with the ECREA TWG Children, Youth and Media
The conference begun with an inspirational and critical theoretical contribution from Emeritus Professor David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK (https://davidbuckingham.net). Professor Buckingham talked about the need to consider children’s agency and structure with online media within a concept of digital capitalism, acknowledging the economic, cultural and broadly political nature of current online media in terms of consumption, entrepreneurship and ownership.
On the first day of the conference participants presented interesting papers
- on young people’s engagement with news and citizenship
- on gender identity and sexuality performance through a more analytical and less polarised perspective
- last but not least, on young people’s online and digital literacies including approaches to children
- as audiences of social influencers,
- the development of social literacy skills as well as
- robot literacies
On the second day of our conference, most presentations focused on young people’s consumption and production practices and also addressed issues of representation and marginalisation. There was a specific interest in
- minorities across Europe (e.g. Sami youth),
- children’s with disabilities use online media.
Aspects of media literacy have been also presented
- in relation to popular content targeted at youth (e.g. Creepypasta),
- but also in cultural contexts were media literacy and media education is not well established within the educational curricula (e.g. Brazil).
Not least, the entrepreneurial aspect of young people’s engagement with online media (e.g. Youtubers, influencers etc) raised issues about how young people negotiate their entrepreneurial selves. The conference ended with a panel on media education and the ways in which different practices with digital and online media may inform media education curricula.