International Conference in July 2020: Challenges for Youth Socialisation: Xenophobia, Extremism and Violence

November 30, 2019

Challenges for Youth Socialisation:  Xenophobia, Extremism and Violence

organised by Andreas Hadjar, Institute of Education and Society, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) & Dirk Baier, Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

funded by Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF)/ETH Zurich


Western societies are undergoing constant social change. At present, the risks and dangers of this change receive increasing public attention, but also become foci of scientific research. Migration, medialisation, populism and other phenomena are intensely discussed and perceived as a threat by parts of the population. One consequence of threat perceptions is that ideologies that promise stability and security are supported. Xenophobia, extremism and violence are negative consequences of these trends. Due to their developmental stage, young people are particularly affected by social change. Youth is a core socialisation phase and young people, their values, attitudes and behavioural patterns are more open than those of later age groups to impacts of societal experiences and socialisation agents. The conference aims to address the current challenges of socialisation of young people. The focus will be on socialisation processes that lead to problematic attitudes and behaviours. Four topics will be examined in detail: 1. How current social change can be analysed theoretically, e.g. on the basis of anomie and disintegration approaches. 2. Which socialisation processes lead to xenophobia or protect against the formation of corresponding prejudices. 3. How social and individual values lead to the formation of violence and extremism. 4. How migration and associated threat perceptions shape the socialisation of young people.

Keynote speakers

Klaus Boehnke, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

John Hagan, Northwestern University, US

Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), University of Bielefeld, Germany

Ariel Knafo, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Nadezhda Lebedeva, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Russia

Susanne Rippl, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany


Mandy Boehnke, BIGGSS, University of Bremen, Germany

Marlis Buchmann, University of Zurich/Jacobs Center, Switzerland

Angela Ittel, Berlin University of Technology, Germany

Martina Klicperova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen, UK

Christian Welzel, Leuphana University, Germany


Participant numbers are limited (max. 100).

We invite social scientists and psychologists to contribute to the conference with:

- paper presentations (approx. 15 minutes presentation plus 15 minutes of discussion),

- posters.

The conference language is English.

A structured abstract of 400 words maximum should cover Background (context of the study), Purpose and Theory (main research aims/questions, theoretical framework), Design and methods (Study design and methods, including dates of data collection, sampling method, methods of data collection and analysis), Results (main findings in relation to the research aims/questions), Conclusions (arising from the research).

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 November 2019.
Please submit your abstracts by eMail to youthconference2020 [at]

After a review procedure, you will be notified whether your paper has been accepted by 15 December 2019.

Costs, Grants and Subsidies

We offer subsidised rates for the Hotel Monte Verità. Accommodation and breakfast/lunch/dinner at the Hotel Monte Verità from Wednesday, 8 July - Sunday, 12 July 2020 would then amount to approx. 500-780 CHF (based on room type: budget, double, single, double used as single), due until 1st May 2020.

Registration Fee

150 CHF (due until 1 May 2020)