Nordic Centre of Excellence:
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  Mi Ah Schøyen


Ageing Societies and the Welfare State

Ill Photo: Ageing Societies (c) Photodisc
The workshop Ageing Societies and the Welfare State will take place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 11-12 December 2008. PhD students who wish to participate should submit abstracts before 30 September.

CFP: Joint ESPAnet / ESA Network ´Ageing in Europe´ workshop:
Ageing Societies and the Welfare State,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
December 11-12, 2008.

The interplay of ageing societies and the welfare state is at the centre of many contemporary debates. In sociological discussions, the influence of the welfare state on ageing societies is often stressed. Recently, especially the influence of the welfare state on the restructuring of the life-course and on social inequalities among older persons has been underlined. In political science discussions, on the other hand, the influence of ageing societies on the welfare state is an important point of focus. Lately, special emphasis has been given to devising strategies to counter the pressure exerted by ageing societies on social insurances. These strategies include the activation of nonemployed persons for paid work, the activation of retired persons for volunteering and informal care and a general redefinition of the idea of social citizenship.

For the workshop, we invite PhD-students in sociology and political science to submit abstracts related to the topic of "Ageing Societies and the Welfare State". The contributions may be qualitative, quantitative, or conceptual. Country-comparative studies are especially welcome. Abstracts with a maximum of 200 words should be submitted before September 30, 2008. The participants will need to submit a complete version of their papers by the end of november 2008.

Present papers
During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to present their papers and receive feedback from senior researchers as well as from the other participants. Senior researchers acting as discussants for the PhD-students´ presentations will be inter alia Anneli Anttonen (University of Tampere, Finland, t.b.c.), Harald Kuenemund (University of Vechta, Germany), Ricca Edmondson (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, t.b.c.), Wim van Oorschot (University of Tilburg, Netherlands), and Theo van Tilburg (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) There will also be time to meet the other participants and senior researchers in a more informal atmosphere.

The participation fee is 50 Euros. It includes the material for the workshop, two lunches, one dinner, and tea and coffee on both days. The participants will be expected to provide for their own travelling and accommodation.

To apply for the workshop, please submit your abstract to Kathrin Komp at .  If you have any questions, you can contact her under the same email address.

Please also see the website of the workshop:
The call as .pdf: 

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