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Public lecture with Mercator Fellow Vitor Sèrgio Ferreira „Enduring youth: neoliberal turn, youth policies and transitional impasses to adulthood“

14 Juli, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture is open for interested people from the scientific community. Mercator Fellow Vitor Sèrgio Ferreira (University of Lisbon) will focuse the following topic:

For a long time, youth studies have been analysing and theorizing a supposed prolongation of the youth condition in the life course, based on the premises of: 1) the constant postponement of the traditional transition markers to adulthood (entry into the world of work, leaving the parental home, entry into conjugality and parenthood); and of the existence of a principle of reversibility in the youth experience of these markers – the so-called yô-yô transitions or even yô-yô generation. Socially and symbolically, the time of being young lasts longer and longer. Are we in fact witnessing a constant change, and in the same direction, of the transition to adulthood, or are we facing an adult life in transition? Certain discomfort is beginning to be felt among some people in being continuously qualified as young, considering the impasses that this qualification produces in their life transitions. We propose looking at this phenomenon by analysing the value of an enduring youth condition in a society that is turning to neoliberalism, and the impacts that the most recent public policies for youth in Europe may have in this process.


14 Juli, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Universität Tübingen, Schloss Hohentübingen, Fürstenzimmer