23-24 Oct The Annual Conference of Social Policy - theme Borders in Social Policy, Boundaries of Social Policy, Joensuu

The Annual Conference of Social Policy takes place at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu on 23–24 October 2014. The theme of the conference is  ‘Borders in Social Policy, Boundaries of Social Policy'.

During the Annual Social Policy Conference, crossings, ruptures and uniting forces of boundaries/borders will be discussed. Borders do not only separate; they also unite people, labour, capital, commodities, and social problems – as well as solutions to them.

The theme focuses on two aspects of transboundary processes: on the one hand, the transnational (border crossing) dimension of social policy in a globalising world and, on the other hand, the capability of social policy to define and direct social development. These two aspects of boundary crossings are interdependent in a variety of ways.

Throughout the conference, the following questions will be addressed: How do international mobility and migration impact social policy practices such as the provision and maintenance of various service systems? In what ways do service systems impact mobility? How is care organised in a period of transnational flows? The boundaries of political economy and social policy will be challenged as the aim of the conference is to go beyond the current discourse of the ‘budget deficit' vs. ‘investment' divide. Instead we ask: who are the agents drawing boundaries between citizens' rights to legitimate services and social security and who ultimately mandates these rights? How far may such processes be defined and directed with the help of traditional social policy means? What role do equality and welfare (well-being) play in the formation of a new and emergent social policy logic? How do people survive or perish within these conditions; how do they find their place and a place for others in the contemporary world?

Keynote speakers and commentators include Professor Bridget Anderson from University of Oxford, University Lecturer Sirpa Wrede from University of Helsinki, University Lecturer Nathan Lillie from University of Jyväskylä,researcher Elina Aaltio from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Professor Markus Jänttifrom Stockholm University and director Riitta Särkelä from SOSTE Finnish Society for Social and Health.

Along with the plenaries and debate, the conference consists of approximately 20 workshops. We invite proposals for workshops related to the themes of the conference, but also on other themes concerning social policy issues. We want to encourage border-crossings in the formation of workshops. Moreover, we hope for collaboration with policy makers and other important agents in the field. Practical, artistic and/or activating workshops are also warmly invited.

Workshop proposal
Send your workshop proposal by May 9th to: sospol2014(at)uef.fi
Include the title of your workshop, the name of the workshop organiser(s) and your contact information (organisation and email) into the proposal.

Important dates
9.5.2014 Deadline for workshop proposals (max. 400 words)
20.5.2014 Notification about accepted workshops
19.9.2014 Deadline for paper proposals (max. 300 words)
26.9.2014 Notification about accepted papers

Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland; staff of Social and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus; North Karelian Society for Social Security; student organization Praxis; The Social Policy Association and its North Karelia branch.

More information: sospol2014 (at) uef.fi

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Publishing year: 2014

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