EURYKA newsletter, October 2018

ABOUT EURYKA
EURYKA is a cross-national research project which provides systematic and practice-related knowledge about how inequalities mediate youth political participation. It suggests novel democratic models to help reimagine a more inclusive European politics. It brings together researchers and civil society practitioners from nine European countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. With the aim of strengthening European democratic life, the project intends to reach a better understanding of the conditions, processes, and mechanisms underpinning how young people do politics: how do they form opinions and take a ctions to bring about social and political change? At the core of EURYKA’s conceptual framework lies the idea of youth political participation as forms of coping mechanism for dealing with inequalities. The project, thus, investigates the norms, values, attitudes and behaviors underpinning such mechanisms and how these relates to issues of democracy, power, politics, policy-making, social and political participation (online and offline) and the organization of economic, social and private life.
FINDINGS SNAPSHOT (Workpackage 2)
The WP2 report, on the Representation of young people and youth-related issues in the media is now out! You can download the integrated report here.

This report offers a crossnational overview of findings produced by political claims analysis on youth-related claims in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK for the 2010-16 period, using five newspaper from each country.
The main findings of this research are the following:

  • Countries with decentralised or federal governance structures, i.e. Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Spain, are those countries in which most actors have subnational scope. Only rarely (3%) in the national press are claims raised by actors who are active at the supranational level.
  • The issues raised by all actors relate mostly to education, welfare, social benefits and socioeconomic issues, as well as employment.
  • Youth actors also focus primarily on education and political issues. Reflecting austerity and inequality concerns, youth claimants in Greece score particularly highly in political issues while those in Spain and Italy show the highest score in education-related issues.
  • Youth-related claims by all actors are mostly verbal statements (60 to 80% national averages). This pattern changes when looking at claims by youth actors, with verbal statements being of lower frequency while much higher frequencies are noted in protest actions.
  • These findings document that young Europeans are more politically alert and active compared to the average claimant across the nine national public spheres.
4th CONSORTIUM MEETING
April 2018, in Geneva
During the fourth consortium meeting, the main following points were tackled :

  • Different researchers presented their paper analysing the political claims data that had been collected (WP2)
  • The workshop for the training coders was discussed and will take place in November, in Siegen (WP3)
  • An entire day was dedicated to WP5. An expert gave a talk about survey experiment and how to implement it on Qualtrics – a platform for survey. In addition, several researchers presented their own survey experimental design.
  • The Euryka consortium discussed how to analyse interviews with young activists, as well as whom to interview. Questions were raised about “disengaged people and activists” who shifted during their life to some social movement to another: how to reach them? Conceptually speaking, who are they? (WP6)
EURYKA SUMMER SCHOOL
16 – 22 July 2018, Florence

The 2018 Summer School on Youth Political Participation In Time of Inequalities has been organised by EURYKA and COSMOS/SNS, at the Cisl Study Center (Florence), from July 16 to 22.

It provided an interactive learning environment where 17 young researchers from around the world attended courses on a number of methods employed in the study of interlinkages between increasing inequalities and young people ways of doing politics.

More generally, the Summer School aimed to offer analytical and methodological tools to advance knowledge on the conditions and causes underpinning young people’s political participation and investigate how inequalities are lived by youth and (re)acted upon, exploring the coping mechanisms which are embedded in multiple forms young people’s activism, expecially more contentious actions calling for redistribution, egalitarianism, equality, solidarity and social change which have emerged in the current economic crisis.

The summer school has been complemented by European Alternatives’ Summer Camp which has involved Euryka Summer School participants in panel discussions, a round table, outdoor debates which aimed to promote transnational social, political and cultural exchange across young people coming from different countries.

Participants of the Summer School took part in 5 keynotes lessons (Marco Giugni, Jennifer Earl, Gema García-Albacete, Donatella Della Porta, Philippe Van Parijs) on youth participation, 1 round table on future of European politics (Alberto Alemanno, Beppe Caccia, Suzanna Carp, Noel Hatch, Igor Stokfizewski, Rui Tavares) and 6 methodological lessons from members of the EURYKA consortium. Furthermore, they presented their on-going research projects and received feedback from leading scholars in the field.

The young researchers have expressed a good team spirit and opened a Facebook page in order to exchange materials, ideas, proposals and to organize recreational moments in their free time. The final evaluation of the Summer School has shown great satisfaction for the program, lectures, logistic and venue.

Stefania Voli

DEMOCRACY SUMMER CAMP
19 – 22 July 2018, in Florence
The Campus of European Alternatives 2018 Resistance, movement and invention (in partnership with the Euryka project) took place alongside the summer school. Young scholars from around the world presented their research results and joined workshops with activists from across Europe to work together and imagine how to build resistance and be creative in a political moment with an extraordinarily strong and dangerous nationalist far-right narrative.
To get some impressions from the event, you can read the following articles, published in Political Critique, a pan-european online magazine for democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation-state.
Images Credit: Emiliano Morbioli, Flickr, European Alternatives. Some rights reserved.
EURYKA MOOC
18 June – 16 July 2018
“Youth and online political participation: motivations, spaces, practices and inhibitors”

The first Euryka MOOC took place during 4 weeks of June and July 2018. This free online course was open to anybody interested in learning about and discussing “Youth and online political participation: motivations, spaces, practices and inhibidors”. 55 students from all over Europe discussed the phenomenon of millennials and their engagement in politics and in society in general. The lecturers of the course were the the Barcelona-based team of EURYKA: Anna Clua, Ludovic Terren, Ismael Peña and Núria Ferran. The course was structured in 4 units, each of them with several learning resources (videos and readings) that are still available.

Week 1: Youth in Europe. Characterising the Millennials.
In the first unit of the course, “Youth in Europe. Characterising the Millennials”, was defined the profile of the millennial generation, especially its main inclusion/social exclusion vectors, and discussed the differences and similarities with other former generations. The introductory video, still available, is an interview with Carles Feixa, social antropologist, expert on youth cultures. https://youtu.be/0BugduvTlcg.

Week 2: New online political participation spaces and practices.
During the second unit, the invitation was learning on “New online political participation spaces and practices”. The first open education resource was a video with an interview to Antonio Calleja, researcher at UOC-IN3. https://youtu.be/8efPDCoYwog.

Week 3: Main barriers and inequalities of online political participation.

The “Main barriers and inequalities of online political participation” was presented by Jennifer Earl, professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, in a video. https://youtu.be/9vg0PhvlEig.

Week 4: Public policy proposals on youth and online political participation.
 cTheourse was concluded with the issue of  “Public policy proposals on youth and online political participation”

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