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.
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