Friday, November 10, 2006

The point of departure is:

Youth and the City– investigating urban youth culture in Sisimiut, Greenland: visions, skills and creativity

Objectives: my PhD project investigates how youth in Greenland use and understand urban settings. The overall objective is to describe and analyse movements and creativity in the second largest city of Greenland, Sisimiut. Additionally, this project discusses how knowledge and skills, embedded in the local youth culture, may be connected with ideas implemented in the newest school statutory instrument Atuarfitsialak.

Methods: primary research will be conducted both during the school year and school holidays; it will consist of fieldwork undertaken over a period of six months and will be divided into four parts. Each part will take place during each of the four seasons of the year. The focus of the research will be on youth between the ages of 15 and 24. Additionally, a number of individual informants will be followed continuously. Apart from fieldwork in schools, the assembly hall, youth clubs and sport associations, the project will organise a creative workshop with young people to discuss their works on their urban lifestyle. The works, produced within the framework of the project, are to be presented in an exhibition at Sisimiut Museum.

Eskimology and Arctic Studies Section, Copenhagen - Denmark
Dept. of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen

Funding: Danish Research Council, as part of research project: Urban Greenland: movements, narratives and creativity (2006-2009)

Youth in Sisimiut 11th of august, 2006.

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