YLCT Proceedings Re-Launched as NEW SERIES

Hi all,

After the great success of the YLCT Symposium and the previous as well as following Anthropology Symposia, we decided to re-launch the online proceedings as Volume 2 in the newly created SYDNEY ANTHROPOLOGY SYMPOSIUM SERIES (SASS).

To fullfil the requirements of an academic serial, we need to make certain adaptations to the proceedings (no content changes!).

Therefore, we have to take them offline for the next couple of weeks and we inform you when the re-launch is completed.


Katarina Ferro


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YLCT Publication NOW ONLINE available!

Hi All,

FInally, it is done and the publication of the symposium proceedings are online. Just click on the tab “symposium proceedings” and scroll down to the paper you are interested in.

You can always find the full text with the abstract in front, plus one link with only the abstract for easy browsing.

You can also click on the following names to get the full text papers:

Chapter 1: Gary Robinson: The State, Cultural Competence and Child Development: Perspectives on Intervention in the North of Australia

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Chapter 2: Hae Seong Jang: Social Identity Within Life History: A Portrait of Young Indigenous People in Australia’s Neo-colonial North

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Chapter 3: Laura Moran: Integration, Tolerance and Belonging in Multicultural Australia

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Chapter 4: Kirk Zwangobani: African Australian Youth: Homogenization and the Dynamics of Identity

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Chapter 5: María Florencia Amigó: Young Lives in a Foreign Land: Experiences and Roles of Migrant School Children in Australia

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Chapter 6: Kathryn Robinson: Indigeneity, Locality and Recognition: Young People’s Shifting Engagements with Modernity in an Indonesian Mining Town (Sorowako South Sulawesi)

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Chapter 7: Rosemary Wiss: ‘No Minors Allowed’: Outsider Bar-girls and Trafficking in a Philippines Sex Tourism Industry

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Chapter 8: Allison Pugh: To Raise the Flexible Child: Lessons of Commitment and Betrayal in Postindustrial Insecurity

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A short summary and outlook

This year’s Sydney Anthropology Symposium explored

Young Lives, Changing Times: Perspectives on Social Reproduction.

It was a lively and timely event. Over two days, early career researchers and senior scholars from six Australian and two US universities portrayed the diverse pathways of growing up in the contemporary world. The variety of disciplinary backgrounds (anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies, geography) matched the variety of research locales and contexts. The speakers portrayed the lives of African migrant youth in Australia, the meaning of violence for young people in a Colombian barrio, ideologies of parenting in the US, the self-understandings of Aboriginal youth in remote Australian communities, the cultural logic in the ‘unruly’ behaviour of young males in Bougainville, the significance of schools as sites of cultural production, the moral encoding of childhood in the context of transnational adoptions, young Indonesians reworking ‘tradition’ as they become cosmopolitan, cultural identification and inventiveness on Easter Island, and legal and ideological constructions of sex work in the Phillipines.

The two keynote speakers, Professor Cindi Katz from the City University of New York and Associate Professor Gary Robinson from the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, gave us different, but complementary, perspectives. Cindi’s presentation, “Accumulation, Excess, and Childhood: Towards a countertopography of risk and waste”, explored changes in the position of modern children as postindustrial states try to deal with economic crises. She is observing a disconcerting ‘trade off’: if not always directly, the well being of children in some parts of the world is achieved through the deprivation of children in others. Gary’s paper, entitled “The State, Cultural Competence and Child Development: Perspectives on intervention in the North of Australia”, described a parenting program that aims to improve the relationship between children and their caretakers in Tiwi families. The location of culture, he argued, cannot be simply found in a catalogue of traits or elements of reified traditions. Rather, in order to grasp cultural competence, we need to first look at the social and emotional dynamics of concretely lived relationships, especially between mothers and children. And further, the viability of any support program hinges on that – genuine relationships between program implementers and families. This reflects a cultural logic and practice that contrasts sharply with the Northern Territory Emergency Intervention.

Key themes that emerged across papers include suggestions that young people are mobilising elements of their cultural heritage in order to deal with profound contradictions in their lives. Some of these derive directly from global developments that are transforming domestic and market economies as well as images of a ‘good’ future. One of the consequences is the adjustment of parenting. American families from all class backgrounds, for instance, now seek to raise ‘flexibile’ children, both with a view to work and intimate social relationships. Equally important, there is evidence of resistance (political, cultural) and the grasping of new opportunities among young people in different parts of the world. However, social systems are not necessarily equipped to foster such creative self-assertion. A challenging task then is to safeguard spaces for recuperation and creativity in face of ever-increasing levels of interventions into children’s lives. Finally, the need for interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives was captured with this concluding question: by what conceptual and technical means can we capture the intersections between systemic forces and lived experience?


We aim to release the proceedings online towards the end of this year.

Gillian Cowlishaw and Ute Eickelkamp.


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Last Day of Online Registration

This is the last day to register online.

For more information on categories and to register click on the tab Register and follow the steps.

The online registration closes today at 11.59pm

Registering on the irst day of the symposium is possible:

For the concession rate of 25.– we accept cash / cheque payment

however due to university regulations we can ONLY accept cheques for the academic / fully waged category of 85.–.


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Our detailed programme and abstracts for the symposium are now available:

Either click on the tab Programme,

or download the flashy colour version here.

To view the full list of abstracts, click on the tab Abstracts, or down load as Pdf here.

For a complete list of presenter and convener bios, click here.

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The keynote speakers recommend…

For the extra keen participant, our keynote speakers  suggest the following papers as background readings:

Gary Robinson:

2005. ‘Anthropology, Explanation and Intervention: Risk and Resilience in a Parent- and Child-Focused Program’. Anthropological Forum. Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2005, 3–25

No Way To Be: Violent & Suicidal Youth. Full text

2011. Gary Robinson, Sven Silburn, William Tyler and Yomei Jones, Stephen R. Zubrick. ‘Context, Diversity and Engagement: Early Intervention with Australian Aboriginal Families in Urban and Remote Contexts.’ In Children and Society.

Cindi Katz:

2008. ‘Me and My Monkey. What’s hiding in the security state.’ In: Indefensible Space. The Architecture of the national security state. Michael Sorkin (ed). Routledge. pp 305-323

2008. ‘Childhood as Spectacle: Relays of Anxiety and the Reconfiguration of the Child,’ Cultural Geographies 15(1) (2008): 5-17. Full text

2001. ‘The State Goes Home: Local Hypervigilance and the Global Retreat from Social Reproduction.’ Social Justice. 28(3) (2001): 47-56. (Translated as “Der Terror des Wachsamkeitswahns: Sicherheit und Kinderschutzindustrie in den Vorstädtenin,” Widersprüche [Contradictions] 92 (2004).) [Reprinted in T. Monahan (Ed.) Surveillance and Security: Technological Power and Politics in Everyday Life. New York: Routledge.] Full text

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