Snapshots of 21st Century Citizenship – New Approaches to Young Citizens’ Political Practices

Seminar: Snapshots of 21st Century Citizenship – New Approaches to Young Citizens’ Political Practices

December 12th–13th 2019


Tampere University, Linna Building, Kalevantie 5, Ground Floor, Lecture Hall K103


Citizenship in 21st-century is marked by several simultaneous developments in civil society which change the conditions of participation: digitalization, polarization, and marginalization. These processes take place in public, local and online, digital and physical spaces, and give reason to expect that young people who grow up in today’s civil society will come to practice citizenship differently from previous generations. 


The Centre for Sociology of Democracy (CSD) organizes a two-day seminar offering in-depth analyses of and new approaches to understanding young citizens’ participation in Finland and beyond from a pragmatist perspective. The seminar publishes the results of a research project ”Citizens in the Making”, painting an image of young Finns’ civic imaginations: of their different conceptions of what it means to be a citizen and to act as part of society. These conceptions are explored in everyday social action of young people in urban spaces, formal politics, activist engagements as well as online debates. 


Keynote speakers:


Associate professor Eeva Luhtakallio (Tampere University) is a sociologist and an ethnographer interested in the practices and processes of democracy, politicization, political (dis)engagement and citizenship, drawing on pragmatic social theory. Luhtakallio leads the Centre for Sociology of Democracy (CSD) and the research project Citizens in the Making.  


Professor Laurent Thévenot (EHESS), Director of Studies at EHESS, is a sociologist and economist noted for his grounding work on critical pragmatic sociology as a comparative, methodological and theoretical framework for studying how personal attachments and concerns become translated into public issues when taking part in a community and communicating disagreement or difference. 


Associate Professor Isaac Reed (University of Virginia) is a historical and cultural sociologist noted for his work on the questions of interpretation and explanation in the social sciences and the social theory of power and transitions to modernity. He is particularly interested in how acts of power are interpreted, and the multiple ways in which authority can render itself legitimate. 


Professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University) is a sociologist and an ethnographer interested in the questions of democracy, inequalities, politics and culture, critical social theory and cities. His work focuses particularly on the instances of actually existing civic life and participatory democracy. 


The seminar is free of charge, but pre-registration is required by December 2. To read more and sign up, please visit: www.csd.fi. 





December 12, 2019


10.00 Welcome address – Kalle Korhonen, The Kone Foundation


10.15 –11.15 Professor Eeva Luhtakallio: 21st Century Citizens in the making: Towards a pluralism of engagements and projects?


11.15–12.45 Citizens in the Making: What we learned I


Veikko Eranti: Individualists in the making – Civic action, societal participation and the individualistic style of doing politics


Lotta Junnilainen: Place, Poverty and Political Participation – Imagining the future with young people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods


Georg Boldt: Citizens in Training – Notes on commitment and the resonance of style


12.45–14.00 Lunch


14.00–15.00 Keynote by Professor Laurent Thévenot (EHESS): The Trying Art of Taking Part


15.00–15.30 Coffee


15.30-16.30 Keynote by Professor Isaac Reed (University of Virginia): Pragmatics of Delegation: The King’s Two Bodies and its Afterlives



December 13, 2019


9.15 Coffee


9.30-11.30 Panel on Mixing methods: new innovations and insights into studying youth participation

Panelists: Veikko Eranti, Salla-Maaria Laaksonen, Minttu Tikka & Tuukka Ylä-Anttila


11.30-12.30 Citizens in the Making: What we learned II


Tuukka Ylä-Anttila: Going Overboard: Politicization in an anonymous online community


Maija Jokela: Social media affordances for activism: individual or collective action?


12.30-13.45 Lunch


13.45–14.45 Keynote: professor Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University): Imaginations Across Contexts: balancing ethnographic, comparative, and normative insights in our research


14.45-15.30 Discussion


Centre for Sociology of Democracy

Further information

Roosa Tuukkanen (roosa.tuukkanen@tuni.fi)