About the series

At this juncture of intense welfare reform and contracting public provision, the question of how we imagine the welfare state, how it has been imagined and might yet be imagined, are both urgent and provident.  The seminar series aims to bring together academic researchers and other individuals and groups – including activists, artists, journalists, campaigning organisations, and students – who are trying to better understand how we (re)imagine welfare for contemporary times.

The series will comprise of three connected but distinct seminars in three different geographical locations, themed around the past, present and future of what we are describing as ‘welfare imaginaries’.

Seminar 1: Images and representations of welfare over time (Lancaster – 12th June 2018)

Seminar 2: 21st century welfare: understanding the present (Liverpool – 25th September 2018)

Seminar 3: Welfare Futures: where next? (Birmingham – 4th December 2018)

The series is part of the Sociological Review Foundation Seminar Series and has been generously sponsored by the Sociological Review Foundation.  Additional financial support was received from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Brunel University, and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

The seminars will be free to attend and there will be bursaries available to facilitate the inclusion of postgraduate researchers, early career researchers, as well as non-waged delegates and those with particular access needs.

We will update this website with details of the speakers, dates and booking information.

We will be using the hashtag #welfareimaginaries on twitter – so please follow this for news and booking information, and for live-tweeting from the seminars.