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Guest lecture by professor Paula Hamilton on the role of memory and history in public life, 3 Dec 2012, Helsinki

Professor Paula Hamilton (University of Technology, Sydney) gives a lecture on “The changing role of memory and history in public life” in Helsinki on Monday 3 Dec, 2012, at 10-12. The lecture will take place at the Swedish School of Science, Snellmaninkatu 12, the Festival Hall (room 133).

Professor Paula Hamilton is Director of the Centre of Creative Practice and Cultural Economy at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History. She is a historian who has specialised in material culture, image and cultural memory. Professor Hamilton has published widely in memory studies internationally and has worked locally in a range of projects with community groups, museums, heritage
agencies, and councils. She is an editor of ‘Public History Review’ and ‘Locality: a community history journal’, both of which act as a link between the academe and the wider community.

See the invitation here.

For more information contact: Heidi Haggrén, e-mail: heidi.haggren (at), tel. 09-19124958

The lecture is organized by NordWel and the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki.

Social policy language(s) in the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Vancouver

NOrdWel co-organized a session on the “Social Policy Lanuguages in the 37th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Vancouver, 1-4 November, 2012 with presentations by Rianne Mahon, Klaus Petersen, Nils Edling, Daniel Beland, Pauli Kettunen and Dorota Szelewa (chair: Jenny Andersson). Klaus Petersen also contributed to other session of the meeting. See programme here.



Joint NordWel and REASSESS Summer School in Hanasaari, Espoo

The Joint NordWel  and REASSESS Summer School 2012: State, Society & Citizen -Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development takes place in Hanasaari/Espoo, 12–17 August 2012. This Summer School is fifth in a row and it gathers altogether 36 international PhD students and fourteen distinguished senior scholars for lively discussion and debate. For more information see Summer School home page.

Sino-Nordic Seminar on Welfare, SNoW 2012, Helsinki 4 – 5 June 2012

Sino-Nordic seminar on Welfare, SNoW 2012, takes place  in Helsinki 4 – 5  June. The seminar is second in the series that started at the University of Fudan in Shanghain in October 2011. The Sino-Nordic cooperation was initiated in connection with the publication of the co-edited book the Nordic Welfare State, published in Chinese by Fudan University Press (editors: by Stein Kuhnle, Klaus Petersen, Pauli Kettunen and Chen Yinzhang).  Half of the seminar participants come from China, another half from the two Nordic Centres on Ecxellence, NordWel and REASSESS. The working seminar, aiming at joint publication projects, discusses three broad themes: Labour markets, migration/immigration and social rights; ageing populations as a challenge to social security systems; and welfare norms and institutions.

See programme


Urban Lundberg interviewed by Chinese Central Television about Nordic welfare model

Urban Lundberg was interviewed 22.5.2012 by CCTV (Chinese Central Television) about the Swedish and Nordic welfare model. The interview was conducted in concurrence with a large scale documentary about Social Management in Western Europe.

Best dissertation award for Sami Suodenjoki

Sami Suodenjoki’s dissertation Kuriton suutari ja kiistämisen rajat. Työväenliikkeen läpimurto hämäläisessä maalaisyhteisössä 1899-1909‘ was awarded the Best Disseration award by The Finnish Society for Labour History. Johanna Annola’s dissertation Äiti, emäntä, virkanainen, vartija. Köyhäintalojen johtajattaret ja yhteiskunnallinen äitiys 1880-1918 received honourable mention award.

NordWel and REASSESS represented in “Fokus på den nordiske velferdsmodellen” by Nordens välfärdscenter

NordWel people well represented in the publication ‘Fokus på den nordiske velferdsmodellen’ published by Nordens Välfärdscenter ( You will find the publication with contributions by Pauli Kettunen, Bruno Palier and Helena Blomberg here: Fokus på den nordiske velferdsmodellen.

“Arbetslösheten kan definieras bort”

Pauli Kettunen and Noel Whiteside were interviewed for Arbeidsliv i Norden in connection with the Nordwel seminar “Changing meanings of (un)employment” 27.-28.2.2012 in Helsinki.

Read the article with Kettunen’s review of NordWel’s success so far in  here.

Call for papers: Joint NordWel and REASSESS International Summer School, Helsinki 12 – 17 August 2012


Joint NordWel and REASSESS International Summer School:
State, Society & Citizen – Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development

Helsinki, 12 -17 August 2012


NCoE NordWel and REASSESS organize a joint international summer school in Hanasaari, Espoo, 12-17 August 2012.

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 cross-disciplinary 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 Jonathan Bradshaw (University of York), Jochen Clasen (University of Edinburgh), Christoph Conrad (University of Geneva), Olli Kangas (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland KELA/University of Southern Denmark), Arnlaug Leira (University of Oslo) Christopher Lloyd (University of New England, Armidale), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University, Washington DC), Bruno Palier (Sciences Po, Paris), Dorottya Szikra (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), Noel Whiteside (University of Warwick), Anneli Anttonen (University of Tampere), Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki), Pirjo Markkola (University of Jyväskylä), Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark, Odense) and Veli-Matti Ritakallio (University of Turku).

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.

For more information on how to apply see CALL FOR PAPERS



Seminar: Changing meanings of (un)employment, Helsinki 27 – 28 February 2012

Changing meanings of (un)employment
University of Helsinki, 27-28 February 2012
Venue: Forest House (Metsätalo), Unioninkatu 40, room 10

Open seminar on the making and defining of unemployment from a  comparative historical perspective.


Monday 27 February, 13-17

13.00 Opening words

13.10 NOEL WHITESIDE (University of Warwick): The Historical  Construction and Reconstruction of Unemployment – a Comparison

14.10 Coffee

14.30 NILS EDLING (Stockholm University): Creating National Labour  Markets: The Public Labour Exchange 1890–1920”

15.30 MATTI HANNIKAINEN (University of Helsinki): Unemployment and  Labour Market Flexibility in the Great Depression. The Case of  Construction Workers in Helsinki

Tuesday 28 February, 9-13

9.15 MIRJA ÖSTERBERG (University of Helsinki): Arguments by the  Finnish Social Democrats concerning unemployment in the 1930s

10.15 Coffee

10.30 SAMI OUTINEN (University of Helsinki/Stockholm University): The  Changing Concept of Unemployment in Finland in the Late 20th Century

11.30 PATRICK EMMENEGGER (University of Southern Denmark): The  Politics of Job Security Regulations: From Drift to Layering on Job  Security

12.30 Closing discussion

The workshop is open for public. However, for coffee please register  to Heidi Haggrén, heidi.haggren[at], by 23rd February 2012.

Organiser: The Nordic Centre of Excellence NordWel (The Nordic Welfare  State – Historical Foundations and Future Challenges).