Defined as the “politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks” (Butler 2009, 25), precarity refers not only to uncertainty but also marginality. This panel examines local reactions to the increasing marginalization of youth under millennial capitalism, foregrounding the role of expressive culture in providing social and economic relief to the youth unemployment crisis. Practices examined may include, but are not limited to: music, dance, visual arts, literature, and theatre; and may focus on digital arts, performance, and intangible cultural heritage, among other mediums.

This panel seeks to intervene in emerging discourses of both precarity and youth disenfranchisement, probing the often uneasy relationship between expressive practices and neo-liberalism, while highlighting struggles for personal agency as young Africans creatively labor for a better future.

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