International Summer School: State, Society & Citizen – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare-State Development, 15.-20.08.2013, Reykjavik; DL: 10.03.2013

Nordic Centres of Excellence NordWel and REASSESS (Web)

Venue: Reykjavik
Time: 15-20 August 2013
Deadline: 10 March 2013

Welfare states can be studied with a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, from various chronological perspectives and with a focus on Different empirical phenomena. The summer school aims to stimulate discussions across disciplines and foster innovative crossdisciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. The summer school brings together PhD students and well-established scholars in scientific Exchanges.

Distinguished international scholars representing different disciplines and cross-disciplinary approaches lecture in sessions covering a vast range of themes. The list of senior scholars, who have confirmed their participation, includes Ann Orloff (Northwestern University, USA), Keith Banting (Queens University, Canada), Wim van Oorschot (Leuven University, Belgium), Noel Whiteside (Warwick University, UK), Ana M. Guillén (Oviedo University, Spain), Patrick Emmenegger (St. Gallen University, Switzerland), Daniel Béland (Saskatchewan University, Canada), Åsa Lundqvist (Lund University, Sweden), Gunhild Hagestad (NOVA, Norway), Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Björn Hvinden (NOVA, Norway), Gudmundur Jonsson (University of Iceland, Iceland), Viggo Nordvik (NOVA, Norway), Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark).

We invite PhD students from different disciplinary backgrounds both within and outside the Nordic countries to participate in the discussion on the development of welfare states, their preconditions, present status and how we ought to study them. PhD Students present their papers in parallel sessions and get feedback from senior scholars and junior colleagues. Poster sessions are included.

We welcome paper proposals by PhD students. The approved proposals will be selected on the basis of their quality. Papers can be written from a broad historical or contemporary perspective and come from different disciplines such as history, social policy, sociology, political science, and political philosophy. Guidelines for papers and posters will be sent in connection with the letters of approval.

Participants who complete the summer school successfully are credited with 6 ECTS credits.


The course fee is 150 euros. Accommodation is financed by the organizing centres. A limited number of travel grants will be available.


Applicants are asked to submit an abstract (max 400 words) for a paper and a short biography (including a list of publications) by e-mail no later than 10 March 2013 to our coordinator Heidi Haggrén,

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Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Björn Hvinden (NOVA, Norwegian Social Research, Norway)
Viggo Nordvik (NOVA, Norwegian Social Research, Norway)
Guðmundur Jónsson (University of Iceland, Iceland)
Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir (University of Iceland, Iceland)
Ingibjörg Lilja Ómarsdóttir (University of Iceland; Iceland)

Heidi Haggrén, M.Soc.Sc.
NCoE NordWel
Nordic Centre of Excellence: The Nordic Welfare State – Historical
Foundations and Future Challenges

Department of Political and Economic Studies
Section of Social Science History
P.O. Box 54 (Snellmaninkatu 14A)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358 (0)9 191 249 58
Fax +358 (0)9 191 249 42

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