Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen, 19-23 August 2019

The summer school is a joint venture of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC1342) “Global Dynamics of Social Policy”, Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Danish Centre of Welfare Studies (University of Southern Denmark) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Helsinki)

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 and localities. The Nordwel summer school aims to stimulate discussions across disciplines and foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time and in a global context. The summer school brings together PhD students and well-established international scholars in scientific exchange.

We invite PhD students from different disciplinary backgrounds 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.

Teachers include Daniel Béland (McGill University), Stephen Devereux (Institute of Development Studies), Patrick Emmenegger (University of St. Gallen), Lorraine Frisina Doetter (University of Bremen), Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki), Åsa Lundqvist (Lund University), Julia Moses (Sheffield University), Frank Nullmeier (University of Bremen), Herbert Obinger (University of Bremen), Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark), Carina Schmitt (University of Bremen), and Reimut Zohlnhöfer (Heidelberg University). More teachers to be announced soon.

We welcome applications by PhD students by 15 April 2019. 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 will be sent in connection with the letters of approval by 30 April 2019. Participants who complete the summer school successfully are credited with 5 ECTS credits.

The course fee is 300 euros. Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs (a limited number of travel grants will be available – please state in the application), accommodation (4 nights, single room in a hostel) as well as most meals are covered.

Applicants are to submit an abstract (max 400 words) for a paper and a short biography (including a list of publications) by e-mail to Dörthe Hauschild, socialpolicydynamics@uni-bremen.de, no later than 15 April 2019.

Further information about the teachers, the conference venue and accomodation as well as travel information will be available soon.


Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki), Herbert Obinger (University of Bremen), Christian Peters (BIGSSS), Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark)