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MYPLACE
Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement.
This project is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme


Work packages – What the project is doing

The work of MYPLACE is broken into 10 interlocking sections, or "work packages." This includes the main empirical Work Packages, in which the project's data will be collected and analysed, together with the parts of the project which concern preparation, management, dissemination and policy.
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Work Package 1 – Stocktaking and Design (Complete)

Work Package Leader: This Work Package began in the first month of the project (June 2011), and was completed at the end of month 4 (October 2011). It had 5 main objectives:
  1. To review theoretical and substantive starting points of project (stocktaking), involving comprehensive review of the existing literature and datasets.

  2. To refine and confirm key objectives of the overall project.

  3. To review and agree methodologies of each Work Package.

  4. To hold Kick-off Meeting.

  5. To establish all management structures, committees and working groups for the project.
The majority of this work was concluded at the Kick-off meeting in Venice in September 2011.

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Work Package 2 - Interpreting the past (The construction and transmission of historical memory)

Work Package Leaders : This empirical Work Package focuses on the “Memory” aspects of MYPLACE’s research. It uses partnerships with non-academic partners (including museums, document archives, NGOs) as “sites of memory.” It has 4 overarching objectives:
  1. To build active partnerships with museums or other non-academic institutions (archives, memorial sites, NGOs) directly engaged in the preservation, representation and transmission of history.

  2. To identify and provide comparative analysis of public discourse related to -self-defined - difficult (e.g. ‘authoritarian’, ‘communist’, ‘fascist’, ‘national-socialist’, neo-liberal etc) periods in recent national histories as they are manifested in the ‘sites of memory’, that is, public institutions involved in commemorative activities.

  3. To investigate the process of the intergenerational transmission and reproduction of memories of traumatic moments in history in public (museum and other non-educational institutional) and family settings and how this impacts on political and civic engagement.

  4. To contribute to public awareness of traumatic moments in national/local history and how it is transmitted across generations.
These objectives will be met through a combination of activities including ethnographic studies, inter-generational interviews, focus groups with young people and expert interviews.
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Work Package 3 – Fieldwork Preparation (Complete)

Work Package Leader: This Work Package, completed in February 2012 was designed to inform the refinement of the empirical research design and research instruments (particularly for Work Packages 4, 5 and 7). It also included finalising the fieldwork sites for the major empirical work.  The aims of Work Package 3 were:
  1. To provide qualitative data that will allow the development of a general picture of the understandings and meanings young people attach to politics, participation, civic activism and democracy.

  2. To provide qualitative data that will reveal issues that require incorporation into the Work Package 4 survey questionnaire and allow the refinement of existing questions or their adaptation for use in particular local contexts.

  3. To elicit important information for the resolution of questions of sampling frames, ethics and access prior to the conducting of the Work Package 4 survey.

  4. To clarify potential case studies for the ethnographies of youth activism.

  5. To foster a network of academic and non-academic users for the dissemination and impact phases of the project.

These aims were addressed using focus groups and expert interviews.

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Work Package 4 – Measuring Participation (Survey)

Work Package Leaders: This work package will gather one of the largest primary datasets in the project, through a survey of young people in the chosen fieldwork sites. Its main objectives are:

The Work Package 4 fieldwork will take place in the Autumn of 2012, and will survey 18000 young people across 30 field sites in 15 regions (14 countries, with East and West Germany treated separately).

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Work Package 5 – Interpreting Participation (Semi-structured interviews)

Work Package Leaders: Work Package 5 will carry out approximately 900 follow-up interviews with respondents to the WP4 Survey, with the aims being: The fieldwork for Work Package 5 will be conducted alongside the survey data collection for Work Package 4.
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Work Package 6 – Mapping Activism (Typologies)

Work Package Leaders : Throughout the project, each national team will conduct research that allows them to map the range of youth activism in the target region and set this in the context and history of the country as a whole. This involves mapping and describing the space for social activism in each participating country prior to developing a typology of activism that captures both common dimensions across the European space as well as national/regional distinctions.
The specific aims of Work Package 6 are:
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Work Package 7 – Interpreting Activism (Ethnographies)

Work Package Leaders: Three targeted ethnographic studies will be conducted in each country with groups of young activists. The precise nature of the groups selected will be determined by this mapping exercise although groups will be selected not for their representativeness but because they constitute an interesting, challenging or new form of activism within the overall project objectives and research questions.
Work Package 7 aims to: This will result in over 40 ethnographic case studies, which will be loosely organised into “clusters” to allow the possibilities for cross-case analysis to be explored.
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Work Package 8 – Policy and Impact

Work Package Leaders: Through this Work Package, MYPLACE aims to embed policy activities in the project from the beginning, with specific objectives: The project has now established Youth Policy Advisory Groups in each of the 14 participating countries.
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Work Package 9 – Dissemination

Work Package Leaders: Work Package 9 covers all dissemination activities, including: .
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Work Package 10 – Management

Work Package Leader This Work Package covers the coordination and management of the project's activities.
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