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8th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
December 10-12, 2008; the University of Helsinki, Finland


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Unioninkatu 33 (P.O.Box 42)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

phone +358-(0)9-191 23627
fax +358-(0)9-191 23615

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Conference themes

Welfare regimes

In what sense and on what level of action is there cause to speak of welfare models, ‘welfare regimes', in Russia and Eastern Europe ? To what degree do they reflect new neo-liberal vs. past state-paternalistic values and goals? What kind of alternative models are there? What significance is given to current deep social divisions and poverty?

Regional and sub-regional variations

What kind of developmental differences are there between, on the one hand, Russia and CIS countries and, on the other hand, the new members and applicant states of the EU? How large are regional differences internally?


How are models gendered economically and socially? What insights do violence against women, prostitution and trafficking in women offer into the models? What kinds of masculinities are constructed? What are the future prospects for men who, statistically speaking, have a very low life expectancy today?

Ethnicity and migration

What is the situation of different cultural minorities such as the Romani people? How is East-West migration related to welfare in Eastern Europe ?

Civil society and agency

What is the relationship between political power institutions and civil society, and society at large? How is the sphere of civil society gendered? How do practices and agency take shape at the grassroots level?

Welfare services

What is the division between the public and third sectors in welfare service
provision? How common are so-called public-private or public-civic mix
solutions? How, for example, are the life situations of clients of social
work perceived? Who is responsible for the interpretations and on what terms?

National policies and transnational perspectives

How do policies on the national level shape new models? What do, for
example, general and gender-sensitive development indexes tell about them?
How is welfare approached in multinational and transnational Western
programmes aimed at the region?