Surface imaginaries

A guest blog post by Jane Brake, with photographs by John van Aitken. This post was inspired by the first seminar in the Welfare Imaginaries series. The skin of our tower block is opalescent. It’s hue is unstable, like mother of pearl its identity depends on the structure of refracted light and the observers angle… Continue reading Surface imaginaries


Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do

A guest blogpost by artist and zine-maker Jean McEwan 'How we fight back? Make art' I wanted to share a significant moment of remembering I had at September's Welfare Imaginaries event in Liverpool, sparked by listening to writer Kerry Hudson and artist Mark McGowan talk about their work in the day's closing session. Kerry read… Continue reading Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do



This is the website for the seminar series 'Welfare Imaginaries: constructing rhetoric, realities and resistance over time' .   The series is kindly sponsored by the Sociological Review Foundation and is organised by Tracey Jensen (Lancaster University), Kayleigh Garthwaite (University of Birmingham), Ruth Patrick (Liverpool University), Sara De Benedictis (Brunel University) and Kim Allen (University of… Continue reading Welcome