Registration now open!

The registration to our Symposium: Young Lives, Changing Times has now opened!

Please click on the tab  Registration and follow the steps.

The registration includes tea / coffee breaks, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, conference materials.


Fully waged / academic                                                 AUD 85.00

concession (student, casual, pensioner)                    AUD 25.00

conference dinner (8. June 2011)                              AUD 25.00

at Rowda Ya Habibi (Lebanese cuisine, vegetarian option available)


Registration on the days of the symposium without credit card is possible:

  1. concession rate of $25.- can be paid in CASH or with CHEQUE.
  2. for the fully waged / academic category of $85.- we can ONLY ACCEPT CHEQUE PAYMENT.

You can download the registration form (also available at the registration desk) here.


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Welcome to the website of the 2011 Anthropology Symposium 8-9 June 2011


Lecture theatre 104, New Law School, The University of Sydney

CONVENORS: Gillian Cowlishaw, Ute Eickelkamp, Anjalee Cohen

School of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The University of Sydney

Across the Pacific, in Indigenous Australia and in some parts of Asia and Africa, young people have become the majority population, at a time when postcolonial nation-building, global economic restructuring, urbanization and modernization are changing these societies. Here, children and youth appear as active drivers of change, within systemic constraints and often in the face of extreme hardship and violence. DeBoeck and Honwana (2005) capture these phenomena when they say that young people are ‘important actors in redefining and restructuring existing models of kinship and moral matrices of reciprocity and solidarity. … they are the ones who undergo, express, and provide answers to the crisis of existing communitarian models, structures of authority, gerontocracy, and gender relations’. In contrast, Western societies are ageing, which places young people differently in processes of systemic change. In both cases young people can be approached as a window to understanding broader socio-political and economic transformations. Beginning with the assumption that structure and experience need to be thought together, we see children and youth as neither passive victims nor autonomous agents.

The Keynote Speakers for the symposium are Professor Cindi Katz, City University of New York and Associate Professor Gary Robinson, Charles Darwin University.

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