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8th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
WELFARE, GENDER AND AGENCY IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE
December 10-12, 2008; the University of Helsinki, Finland


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Aleksanteri Conference 2008

Welcome to the 8th Annual Aleksanteri Conference

WELFARE, GENDER AND AGENCY IN RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE

Dates:
10-12 December, 2008
Main venue: Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum, Snellmaninkatu 3
Organiser: The Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Co-organiser: The National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES)

The conference will bring together researchers of various disciplines to examine the interrelationships of welfare, gender and agency in Russia and Eastern Europe during the transitional period. The approach is more multidimensional than usual – in addition to economic and social problems the agenda also includes bodily and sexual issues.

The themes discussed during the conference are for instance post-socialist welfare models, welfare services, ethnicity and migration, gender, civil society and agency, national welfare policies and transnational perspectives. The conference is connected also to the ‘Welfare, Gender and Agency in Russia in the 2000s (WGA)’ project, and to the sectors of welfare and democracy in the Institute’s new research programme.

As a part of the conference, International Development Collaboration
(IDC) at STAKES organizes a Satellite seminar at STAKES: "Actual development topics from the Central and Eastern Europe".

Read more about the conference themes.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Linda J. Cook, Department of Political Science, Brown University (USA)

  • Dr. Elena Gapova, Centre for Gender Studies, European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania / Minsk, Belarus) / Western Michigan University (USA)

  • Professor Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Department of Social Anthropology and Social Work , Technical State University, Saratov (Russia)

  • Associate Professor Janet Elise Johnson, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (USA)

  • Associate Professor Dagmar Kutsar, Unit of Family and Welfare Studies, University of Tartu (Estonia)

  • Associate Professor Vesselin Popov, Ethnographical Institute and Museum of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria)

  • Dr. Kate Thomson, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University (UK)


Read more about the keynote speakers.