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Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

The third and final seminar in the series took place in Birmingham on the 4th of December. While our previous seminars reflected on past and present ‘welfare imaginaries’, this final seminar aimed to open up space to think expansively and imaginatively about the future of the welfare state: how it might look; what values and visions… Continue reading Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

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Seminar 2 Blogs

Welfare wonderings: Take-home messages from five speakers

A guest blog post by Stef Banstead. I had the pleasure of attending the second Welfare Imaginaries conference on Tuesday 26th September. Somehow I had missed the first one in June, but I am definitely going to book a place for the third and final seminar. The December seminar is on the future of the… Continue reading Welfare wonderings: Take-home messages from five speakers

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The attack of austerity meets with resistance, persistence and unity

A guest blog post by Kate Anderson. Getting to grips with the current state of welfare does not sound a particularly cheerful prospect, especially given the depth of the problems and the numerous ways people are struggling with today’s benefits system. But, I came away from a seminar on this topic feeling hopeful and armed… Continue reading The attack of austerity meets with resistance, persistence and unity

Seminar 1 Blogs

Welfare Imaginaries: Reflections from the first seminar

A guest blog post by Nancy Evans, University of Liverpool As a PhD student researching gendered experiences of benefits stigma, I was very excited to hear about the Welfare Imaginaries seminar series, which not only explores how welfare is understood and constructed today, but also how it has been imagined in the past and can be… Continue reading Welfare Imaginaries: Reflections from the first seminar