2012 Annual RC 19 Conference, Oslo, Norway
Welfare States Facing Global Turbulence, Ageing and Migration
Rising to the Occasion, Coping or Adjusting Downwards?
23-25 August, 2012
The annual conference of Research Committee 19 in the International Sociological Association will be hosted by NOVA in 2012.
NOVA – the Norwegian Social Research Institute – is delighted to invite you to the 2012 RC19 annual conference in Oslo. The organizers invite theoretical and empirical papers on poverty, social welfare and social policy (www.isa-sociology.org/rc19.htm).
The conference’s main theme is the impact of global interdependencies, demographic change, migration flows and the ways in which welfare states are responding to these challenges. This thematic profile means that the organizers in particular welcome papers dealing with these issues:
- How are welfare states meeting the increasing global economic turbulence?
- To what extent do the governments’ adjustments follow recommendations or requirements of transnational organizations?
- How do different welfare societies deal with the rising care needs related to ageing and what consequences do these responses have?
- How does the meeting of care needs reinforce global care-chains and highlight migration’s gendered consequences both in sending and receiving countries?
Are perceived challenges created by migration and accommodation to diversity influencing public opinion and the electoral support for migration policies and/or redistributive welfare arrangements?
The greater part of the conference will be parallel paper-based sessions, adopting the so-called "Korpi Rules" where the discussant – not the author – is giving a summary of the paper.
The organising committee has invited two international keynote speakers to highlight issues of particular significance for the key themes of the conference:
Fiona Williams - University of Leeds, United Kingdom:
'Migrant Care Workers: a Window on to the Global Care Crisis'
Read more about Williams
Shireen Hassim - University of Witwatersrand, South Africa:
'Global interconnectedness and the struggle for social justice and equality of well-being'
Read more about Hassim
- Deadline for paper proposals (about 300-400 words): 1 March 2012
- You will receive feedback on paper proposals before: 1 April 2012
- Deadline for registration for the conference: 1 May 2012
- Deadline for submission of full paper: 1 July 2012
Conference on the Nordic Welfare Model – same week & same venue!
Please note that the Nordic Centre of Excellence in Welfare "REASSESS" will have its Final International Conference 21-22 August at the same venue as the RC 19 conference.
Mary Daly, Ann Orloff, and Sven Steinmo will be keynote speakers. The conference will present and discuss the results of the research carried out by REASSESS since 2007.
Members of RC 19 are most welcome to register for both events. Deadline for abstract is 15 March and deadline for registration 1 May 2012. Find more information about the REASSESS conference at www.reassess.no.
If you have any questions, please contact the leader of the local organizing committee for the two conferences, Bjørn Hvinden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or conference secretary Mi Ah Schøyen (email@example.com).
We look forward to seeing you in Oslo!