MYPLACE: Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement

The MYPLACE project is a €7.9million European Commission funded project, which explores how young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.

This website brings together the project’s outputs, including photographs, films, reports, and other resources. Please explore this site and feel free to use and share these outputs.

The project has sought to map the relationship between political heritage, current levels and forms of civic and political engagement of young people in Europe, and their potential receptivity to radical and populist political agendas.

Facing three ways – to the past, the present and the future – does not sit easily with the first rule of research design, which is to determine a single research question. It does, however, lend the project a distinctive dynamic traction; it understands youth civic and political engagement as firmly rooted in its structural (including historical and cultural) context while recognising that this changes across time and space and that young people themselves are active agents of that change.

Freed from the straitjacket of a single hypothesis drawn from a discrete field of literature, moreover, the project works across and between normally unconnected fields including those of youth studies, democratic theory and participation, memory studies and far right studies.

– The MYPLACE Team:

The University of Manchester (Coordinator)

The University of Warwick,UK

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Tallinn University, Estonia

University of SS Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia

University of Bremen, Germany

Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

University of Eastern Finland

University of Southern Denmark

Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

Research Centre ‘Region’, Ul’ianovsk State University, Russia

Daugavpils University, Latvia

Caucasus Research Resource Centers program, Georgia

Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

University of Debrecen, Hungary

Panteion University of Athens, Greece