What Does it Mean to be Young in an Ageing World?

10 November 2021, 12:30 - 14:00

Location TBC

These seminars were a wonderful way to feel anchored in the institutional life of  CRASSH (Dr Mary Augusta Brazelton, Early Career Fellow, Easter Term 2021)

 

 

Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work-in-Progress Seminar Series. All welcome but please email fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk to book your place and to request readings. 

The Nine Dots Prize winner 2020-21, Trish Lorenz, will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2021. While at CRASSH she will be working  on her book which will argue  that no question of what it means to be young in the 21st century should overlook the significant youth populations of sub-Saharan African countries. She will explore the following topics:

  • The role urbanisation is playing in defining this generation, and how this generation is in turn redefining the notion of an African city
  • The emergence of a distinct generational identity across music, fashion, design, art, and culture
  • How this generation is employing technological solutions to become self-sufficient and solve pan-African and global issues
  • The discrepancy between the average age of the population and the age of its leaders, who are amongst the oldest in the world
  • The activists challenging traditional societal norms and carving out a new vision of what it means to be African

Lorenz has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She is a regular contributor to titles including The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Telegraph, among others, and her reporting has included covering stories in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso. Formerly a design columnist at The Independent and the Lisbon correspondent for Monocle magazine, she covers subjects ranging from design, art and culture to travel, politics and human interest. She moved to Berlin in early 2020. Prior to that she lived in Lisbon for eight years, working as a correspondent in Portugal and the Portuguese speaking world, a role that involved travel and reporting on African Portuguese speaking countries such as Cape Verde