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State, Society & Citizen

– Cross- and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Welfare State Development

Sigtuna, 21 – 26 August 2011.

NCoE NordWel in cooperation with the Department of History, Stockholm University, and the Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, organize an international summer school in Stockholm, 21–26 August 2011.

Welfare states can be studied from a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, with various chronological perspectives and with a focus on different empirical phenomena. The aim of the summer school is to stimulate discussions across disciplines and thereby foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. To this purpose the Summer School bring together Ph.D. students and well-established scholars in scientific exchanges.

Distinguished international scholars lecture in sessions covering different themes such as the political economy of welfare states, conceptualisations of welfare, religion and welfare policies, civic society and public support for welfare states.

The list of senior scholars, who have confirmed their participation, includes Sonya Michel (Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Studies, University of Maryland), Kees van Kersbergen (Aarhus Universitet), Noel Whiteside (University of Warwick), Jonas Pontusson (Princeton University, Université de Genève), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University), Christoph Conrad (Université de Genève), Adalbert Evers (Universität Giessen), Stefan Svallfors (Umeå Universitet), Jenny Andersson (Sciences-po, CERI, Paris), Joakim Palme (Institutet för Framtidsstudier/Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm & Uppsala Universitet), Pauli Kettunen (Helsingin Yliopisto), Klaus Petersen (Syddansk Universitet Odense).

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

We welcome paper proposals by Ph.D. students on the themes of the thematic sessions as well as on welfare policies and welfare states more generally. Papers are selected on basis of their quality. Papers can be written from a broad historical or contemporary perspective and from disciplines such as history, social policy, sociology, political science, and political philosophy.

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

Course fee

The Course fee is 190 Euros. Accommodation is financed by NCoE NordWel. A limited number of travel grants will be available.

How to apply

Ph.D. students interested in participating in the summer school should send an abstract (½ page) for a paper proposal and a short biography (including a list of publications) by e-mail no later than 15 February 2011 to our coordinator Disa Karlsson, For updates, please check

For inquiries, please contact the organizing committee:

Nils Edling, Stockholm University,

Urban Lundberg, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm,