Celebrity and youth aspirations workshop on 15th October 2013

Written by Laura (Researcher). Posted in News

Calling all teachers, youth workers, policymakers, careers educators and others who work with young people! The CelebYouth team will be running a workshop in October for practitioners and policymakers to hear about and contribute to our research on the role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations.

At the workshop, the researchers will discuss the interim findings and seek the views of those who work in policy and practice with young people. The aim is to find ways to make the research genuinely useful to a range of people outside of academia.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 15th October from 5pm to 7:30pm with tea and coffee available from 4:30pm and followed by an opportunity for networking over drinks and light refreshments. The venue is the Centre for Creative Collaborations near King’s Cross, London.

The project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is a collaboration between Dr Heather Mendick and Dr Laura Harvey at Brunel University and Dr Kim Allen at Manchester Metropolitan University. It involves interviews with around 150 people across England and seeks to address the following questions:

  • What narratives of aspiration circulate in celebrity representations?
  • How do young people take-up these narratives in talking about their own aspirations?
  • How do narratives of aspiration in celebrity and young people’s take-up of these relate to social class and gender?

Workshop spaces are limited, and priority will be given to practitioners working with young people. To book your place, please email Laura Harvey at laura.harvey@brunel.ac.uk.

Read more about the research here.

We hope you can make it!
The CelebYouth team

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