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Call for Papers: Urban Youth - Engaging young people and their futures in African cities

Themed Volume of Gateways, International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

High-level policies like the African Union’s Agenda 2063 place great emphasis on youth empowerment. However, this is a term that is hard to pin down and begs more concrete definitions rooted in engaged practice and scholarship. After all, who counts as ‘youth’ varies greatly. This is why this special issue centres and seeks to capture different experiences among this diverse group, e.g. those currently in school or not, unemployed graduates, young professionals etc.The guest editors invite authors to engage in a more grounded research that amplifies the voices of young people and those working closely with them to realize more just and equitable African cities.

In line with Gateways' mission of supporting different ways of knowing and being, submissions are explicitly encouraged to draw on different knowledge bases and tap into collaborations beyond the academy, i.e. community partnerships, activism, artistic practice etc. Co-productions and co-authorships are very welcome. Proposals for submissions in all three publication categories – i.e. research articles, practice-based articles, and snapshots – will be accepted. Particularly for snapshots and practice-based pieces, the approach can be more experimental and might include different forms of media (e.g. videos, sounds, mappings etc.).

Deadline submission of short proposal (up to 500 words): 22 November 2021.