What's the Story?


What’s the Story?

Narrative in youth work and

youth studies 

4th Maynooth International Youth Studies



Thursday 24 June 09.00-18.00 
Friday 25 June 09.00-14.30 

Conference Organised by the Maynooth University Department of Applied Social Studies with the Support of Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute
Presentations, panel discussions, workshops, readings and screenings: 

Themes include... 

  • Stories of the pandemic...A year in the life of young people and youth work 
  • Youth policy moving forward...building back better? 
  • International youth work – launch of new interactive online module & resource 
  • Student experiences and professional formation 
  • Stories of youth research - past, present and future 


Thursday 24th June Conference


Time Title
09.00 - 10.45 “If you’re not dead and this is still your number, call me back” – half a century of hearing stories from The Milltown Boys 
Prof Howard Williamson, University of South Wales 
Keynote presentation, interview and Q&A with the author of the unique “Milltown Boys” longitudinal study: Five Years (1981), The Milltown Boys Revisited (2004), The Milltown Boys at Sixty (2021). 
11.00 - 12.30  ‘Becoming youth workers’: narratives of professional formation 
Research presentations and discussion 
13.30 - 14.45  ‘Being youth workers’: narratives of professional practice 
Research presentations and discussion 
15.00 - 16.30  Narratives in contemporary international youth research: case studies in media, policy and politics 
Research presentations and discussion 
16.45 -17.45    MU CYW Student Film Showcase   

MU Pilot Artist in Residence Scheme with Young Irish Filmmakers (YIFM)  
Sponsored by NYCI National Youth Arts Programme and Kildare County Council Arts Service and supported by the Arts Council. 
18.30-20.30     ‘10 shot wonder’   

Film-making workshop with Young Irish Filmmakers (YIFM)


Friday 25th June Conference outline

Time Title
09.00 - 10.30  Crisis, what crisis? Young people, youth work, Covid and beyond 
Research presentations and discussion 
10.45 - 11.15 International Youth Work: ‘Creating positive social change in the world’


Launch of new interactive online module within the website and resource

In partnership with National Youth Council of Ireland and Léargas 

11.30 - 13.30   Governance is Good for You! Youth Work and Community Development in the Neoliberal Age 


A performative reading and panel discussion by Red Wheelbarrow Productions 

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24 Jun 2021


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