Call for papers

Conference of European Research Network of Open Youth Work: ‘Theory and Practice Understanding Youth Work’ and Launch of the International Journal of Open Youth Work 19 – 20 January 2017

The European Research Network of Open Youth Work (ERNYW) invites proposals for the conference ‘Theory and Practice Understanding Youth Work’ and Launch of the International Journal of Open Youth Work 19 – 20 January 2017

In the Inaugural Conference of European Research Network of Open Youth Work, issues of how to bring theory to life through practice and how to interrogate practice via theory will be discussed, shared and explored. The conference aims at critical discussion about the responsibility of youth work research. The focus of youth work will be challenged by questioning the instrumental emphasis and methodological premises of youth work. The key issues addressed in the conference will include youth work and the response to the radicalization agenda, issues related to the young asylum seekers in Europe, as well as the everyday life and the future opportunities of youth work in a variety of national realities. We wish to encourage youth work practitioners and researchers to explore young people’s agency and participation under challenging circumstances.

The conference includes a wide range of working groups. We welcome contributions related to the conference’s theme as well as other current themes in youth work. Proposals are invited for:

Self-organized sessions: groups may propose to organize a full session of 60 minutes including presentations (3 individual papers and discussion), or round table discussion).

Individual idea paper presentations: 15 minutes including discussion.

Poster presentations: sessions will be set up for conference participants to interact with poster presenters.

Please see the list of working group themes, and submit abstracts for presentations through the conference Facebook page

Important dates

7th of December Deadline for submission of abstracts

9th of December of acceptance of papers

21th December Final date for registration

19/20 January The Conference

The Conference

The Annual Conference of Youth Work aims to be the leading conference for youth work in Europe. It will bring together youth workers, academics and researchers from all over Europe as well as other professionals interested in youth work.

Further information, please visit:

We warmly welcome you to Lithuania!

Marius Ulozas, Pauline Grace and Heidi Anderssen-Dukes

Chief and Managing Editors of the Journal of Open Professional Youth Work on behalf of European Research Network of Open Youth Work

Call for Papers

The conference includes a wide range of working groups. We welcome contributions related to the conference’s theme as well as other current themes in youth work.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Self-organized sessions: groups may propose to organize a full session of 60 minutes including presentations (3 individual papers and discussion), or a round table discussion.
  • Individual paper presentations: 15 minutes including discussion.
  • Poster presentations: sessions will be set up for conference participants to interact with poster presenters.

Please submit the abstracts for presentations by 7th of December 2016 to Chief editor Pauline Grace at P.Grace(at)staff.newman.ac.uk

Working groups

  1. Youth work research
  2. Research methods and ethics
  3. Youth migration and mobility youth work response
  4. Youth cultures, leisure and youth activities
  5. Youth policy impact on youth work
  6. Participation
  7. Youth Services
  8. Social movements, politics and radicalization
  9. Virtual youth work and digital data
  10. Youth work education and Training
  11. Youth political engagement
  12. Open session