Professorial Lecture – Professor Peter Kelly

30th Apr 2013, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

Growing up after the Global Financial Crisis: What is to become of young people, identity, democracy and enterprise?

Professor Peter Kelly is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively on young people, the practice of Youth Studies; social theory and globalisation. He recently joined Edge Hill University after working in several Australian universities including the University of Queensland, Monash University and Deakin University. His research explores youth transitions, new work ethics and the concept of the individual as an enterprise. His books include Working in Jamie’s Kitchen: Salvation, Passion and Young Workers, Smashed: The many meanings of intoxication and drunkenness. His new book, The Self as Enterprise: Foucault and the Spirit of 21st Century Capitalism, will be published in April.

In his lecture, Professor Kelly will examine the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and its range of consequences for future generations.  Today’s young people and subsequent generations will live and grow up in the unfolding aftermath of the GFC, sovereign debt crises and state austerity measures. They will carry a heavy burden in terms of changed education and employment opportunities; physical and mental health and well-being; consumption, housing, relationship and parenting aspirations; and a sense of self in relation to the possibilities of participation in the liberal democracies. Those groups who are marginalised from schooling and employment are set to carry a greater burden still.  This lecture will sketch a critical research agenda for these challenges, framed by an untimely re-imagining of the possible relationships between the concepts of identity, democracy and enterprise. 

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