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Globalization and Youth

Globalization reshapes all political, social, economic and cultural relations on the world. In the globalizing world, youth, as part of the social strata, are influenced by the fast change and transformation.  This phenomenon, which began in the 1990s and accelerated in the 2000s, brought many positive and negative novelties. The acceleration of access to information, the advancement of technology, the increase of transportation opportunities, the transformation of communication into instant connection, and the ease of reaching a product in a corner of the world in a short time have caused great changes in the behaviour of societies with their positive aspects. However, while this new phenomenon offers equal opportunities in this context, it also creates inequality between people. Globalization has negative consequences such as inequality between regions, social pressures, poverty, and migration from villages to cities, imbalance in the distribution of social welfare, disappearance of local cultures and of traditional occupations. In this fast-paced movement, youth also has to adapt to this new situation and to survive with its own character.

Young people are the ones who can welcome the new opportunities in the best way offered by globalization. Globalization affects employment opportunities and migration patterns; and causes the change in the youth culture, consumerism, global youth citizenship and activism. On the other hand, the exchange programs of the universities enable the world youth to recognize different cultures and create new networks of relations. It shows that young people are adapting to new technologies more quickly and they are more aware of global developments. The social media give them a chance to share their ideas about economic, political and social events of other societies as well as their societies and demonstrate their actions. In this sense, it is necessary to think about what kind of policies should be developed for young people in the new global world. To this end, various proposals should be offered to young people living at different socioeconomic levels and in different regions in the world.

Youth in the MENA Countries

In this context, it is important to be aware of the problems of young people living in the Middle Eastern and North African countries. Offering a platform in which they can express themselves and talk about their problems to the youth of MENA countries where political instability, terrorism, civil war, mass immigration movements, problems of reaching the education at an extreme level would help decision makers building new policies for solution. Otherwise, a young person who is not given the right to speak can be a part of these problems instead of being a part of solution. The most striking example of this is Mohammed Bouazizi of Tunisia, who triggered the Arab Spring process. Bouazizi was a 27-year-old computer engineering graduate and peddling due to unemployment. Bouazizi tried to survive with an alternative job to but he could not endure more. After discussing with the police officer, he could not stand any longer and set fire to his body. Problems put him psychologically unbearable, and he ended his life as a rebel. This tragic event led to social outbursts and poured out young people in the Middle East and North Africa who felt excluded as Bouazizi. The big protests shook the existing administrations one by one and caused changes. Young people who want to express their problems and develop solutions have been the triggers of big changes. However, what happened since the Arab Spring unfortunately shows that young people are still ignored and obstructed. OECD statistics shows clearly that youth unemployment is still high and access to education is challenging problem.

Aim of Fikir Atölyesi

In this sense, the workshop of “Fikir Atölyesi: Problems and Expectations of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa” invites young people from MENA countries to Turkey for expressing their problems and presenting their own solutions. The workshop aims to gather 20 young people from MENA countries to discuss their problems and expectations with their peers.

The workshop will last 4 days and take place in the hall of the Middle East Institute of Sakarya University. In the first day, 20 participants will present their topic in the panels. In the second day, every two participants will suggest and write a project about the solutions of the youth problems. The best project suggestion will be chosen and be supported by YTB financially to be realized. In the third and fourth days of the workshop, the participant will be brought to Istanbul for the sightseeing.

Travel and Accomodation

The workshop will provide to you arrival and departure flight tickets and accommodation without charge. You will stay in Sakarya University dormitories for the first two days of the workshop. And you will stay in a hotel in Istanbul for one night during Istanbul trip. The language of the workshop is English and translation will not be provided.

Expected Presentation Topics

All submissions in the workshop will be evaluated by academics. The submissions which passed the evaluation process will have right to be presented in the workshop. Submissions are required to be between 400-500 words. You can apply by filling the form on the website by September 15, 2019.

The workshop of “Fikir Atölyesi: Problems and Expectations of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa” expects submissions about the topics below:

  • Technology and Youth
  • Addiction and Youth
  • Extremism and Youth
  • Social Media and Youth
  • Migration and Youth
  • Future Concerns and Youth
  • Unemployment and Youth
  • Education and Youth
  • Language and Youth
  • Culture and Youth
  • Society and Youth
  • Religion and Youth
  • Politics and Youth