The 3rd edition of the international conference in education and training sciences of the international interdisciplinary research network Contemporary Adolescence and Uncertain Environment (ACEI) will be held on May 24 and 25, 2022 at the Universita ‘degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Milan , Italy).

In the current context marked by pandemic, ecological, economic, or even socio-educational crises, society’s gaze is regularly fixed on adolescent distress with concern. How to open up prospects for fruitful reflections without succumbing to a discourse focused on pessimism about the new generations and their capacity to reinvent another future?

As such, the notion of the imaginary seems particularly suitable for dealing with the question of contemporary adolescence. While it is evacuated by technical approaches centered on concrete solutions, we want to put it at the heart of our reflections. We will be interested in the imagination of adolescents, but also in the place of adolescence in our imagination.

What does adolescence mean to adults? What hopes, what fears does it arouse? What do professionals say about adolescents? But also, what discourse is held on adolescents or on adolescence through the noticeable conceptual evolutions?