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Guest lecture: Cathie Jo Martin (Boston University)
Tuesday 12 March 2019, 12.15-14.00 in room U26



The Cultural Origins of Welfare States in Britain, Denmark and France

Cathie Jo Martin is professor of Political Science at Boston University and Director of the BU Center for the Study of Europe in the Pardee School. She is a leading scholar within the field of comparative welfare state research and have recently turned her attention towards the cultural foundations of welfare systems. In her talk she will discuss this in more detail and show how social scientists can use literary fiction to analyze the cultural origins of welfare state models. In other words, this is a talk that will be of great interest to social scientists, historians and literary scholars.

If you want to read Cathie Jo Martin’s paper before the lecture please contact:
This lecture is organized by Danish Centre for Welfare Research and the Niels Bohr project *The Uses of literature’.

Previous events

Odd couples: A History of Gay Marriages in Scandinavia

DaWS Guest Lecture

Professor Jens Rydström, Center for Gender Studies, Lund University
Time: 24 April, 11.15-13.00
Location: Room U56
Odd Couples. A History of Gay Marriage in Scandinavia (Amsterdam University Press 2011) is the first comprehensive history of registered partnership and gay marriage in Scandinavia. It presents an outstanding study of the interaction between gay activism and traditional party politics. Based on interviews, parliamentary print and party documents, it gives a first-hand account of how the political stakeholders acted in a short and decisive period of Scandinavian history. The book traces the origins of laws which initially were extremely controversial - inside and outside the gay community - but have now gained broad popular and political support. The different experiences in all Scandinavian countries (Denmark -including Greenland and the Faroe Islands-, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland) are investigated in order to present a nuanced understanding of a fascinating political process that began in the 1960s and continues to change the ways we understand family, sexuality and nation.


Throughout his career, Jens Rydström has studied sexuality, most often in a historical perspective. He has published several books on LGBTQ history, and was one of those who introduced Queer Theory in Sweden in the 1990s. In recent years, he has become interested in Critical Disability Research and Crip Theory. His latest book is Loneliness and its opposite: Sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement, (co-authored with the social anthropologist Don Kulick), where they how in Denmark the sexuality of people with disabilities is acknowledged, discussed and facilitated, whereas in Sweden a large group of people is abandoned and refused the right to develop their sexuality. His current research includes a study of sex work in Scandinavia - Scandinavian sex workers’ organisations: Social movements in changing landscapes- as well as an investigation of reactions to the AIDS epidemic in Sweden (When the state won’t do: AIDS and civil society 1984–2000).

The Behavioral Approach to Politics and Policy

On Wednesday April 18 in room U153 at 12-2PM, DaWS will host a seminar by:

Professor Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan on ‘The Behavioral Approach to Politics and Policy: A State of the Art’

Professor Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan, PhD (Oxon) directs the Federmann School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an original researcher in behavioral and experimental politics.

DaWS professor Pieter Vanhuysse will chair the seminar.

Judgement on Proportionality

On Tuesday April 17, at noon in the AGORA, DaWS will jointly host a talk with the Center for War Studies:

Professor Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan on ‘Proportionality Judgments in War’

Professor Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan, PhD (Oxon) directs the Federmann School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an original researcher in behavioral and experimental politics

DaWS professor Pieter Vanhuysse will chair the lecture.

DaWS Early Career Workshop

Early Career Workshop

When: March 22-23

Where: Sky at Campus Kollegiet, Campusvej 1, 5230 Odense M

As a part of the Research Excellence Initiative DaWS is hosting its second Early Career Workshop. Amongst the speakers are our Early Career Grant holders David Weisstanner and Conrad Ziller and many more.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact workshop organizer Melike Wulfgramm,    

The Politics of Social Solidarity

The Politics of Social Solidarity:
Christian-democracy, Labor, and the Postwar Development of the Belgian and Dutch Welfare States 

by Assistant Professor Dennie Oude Nijhuis, Leiden University

When: March 13, 2018

Where: Kuben

Marie Curie Fellow Thomas Paster will chair the event

In the lecture, Dennie Oude Nijhuis will show that the costs of welfare solidarity in Belgium and the Netherlands were mainly carried by middle class wage earners rather than the truly affluent. And raise an important puzzle: how do we explain political support for solidaristic welfare policies that mainly redistribute risk and resources among different groups of wage earners?

IPU GLobal Confernece of Yound Parliamentarians

Professor Peiter Vanhuysse spoke at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on November 18, 2017 at the Fourth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians, at the invitation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva.

The future of work in the age of robots: a view from the robotics industry
On October 23, 2017 Professor Pieter Vanhuysse and MA student Riccardo Sarracino invited CEO Mads Nychel and Sales Representative Alberto Botarelli from the Odense robotics firm EGATEC to give SDU students their view on the future of work, and a demonstration of their brand new robot designed for schools.

NordWel Summer School 2017

 When: June 12-16 2017

Where: The Finnish Institute in Villa Lante, Rome

 5-day course with teachers from all over the world


For more information and participation click here

May 23, 2017: The Swedish Sonderweg in question

The Swedish Sonderweg in question

Democratization and inequality in comparative perspectives, c. 1750-1920

 When: May 23, 2017 1-3 pm.

Where: Room U130, SDU

In the twentieth century, Sweden became known as a country with an unusually egalitarian distribution of income and wealth, an encompassing welfare state, and an exceptionally strong Social Democracy. It is commonplace among historians and social scientists to consider these equal outcomes of the twentieth century as the logical end result of a much longer historical trajectory of egalitarianism, from early modern free peasant farmers or from a peculiar Swedish political culture, egalitarian and consensus-oriented.

This lecture will question this Swedish Sonderweg interpretation. It is shown that in 1900, Sweden had together with Prussia the most unequal voting laws in Western Europe, and more severe economic inequality than the United States. This puts the purported continuity from early modern equality to Social Democratic equality in question. It is instead argued that the roots of twentieth-century Swedish egalitarianism are much more modern than often argued, and lie in exceptionally well organized popular movements after 1870, with a strong egalitarian counter-hegemonic culture and unusually broad popular participation in politics.

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May 18, 2017: Workshop - Notions of homogeneity

Workshop - Notions of homogeneity

 When: May 18, 2017 3-6 pm.

Where: IFH Meeting Room 6, SDU

How can we study something as fluffy and fuzzy as ”notions” and ”homogeneity”? This workshop will concentrate on approaches, methods, theories and research design options.

Professor Teemu Sakari Ryymin, Bergen University, has a well developed paper and will present a case study of Norwegian historiography.

Ph.d. fellowSophy Bergmann, , University of Helsinki, will discuss notions of homogeneity in Finnish population policy in the 1930s.

Assistant professorHeidi Vad Jønsson, , SDU (Uses of Literature), will present her ideas for a project on imaginations of a homogeneous society in Danish political parties.

Anne Magnussen, Associate Professor, SDU and possibly Kirstine Sinclair, Associate Professor SDU, will join as discussants.



 The workshop is open for all interested, and to make sure that we have coffee, tea and cake for all participants, please “register” by sending an e-mail to Heidi hej@sdu.dkbefore May 16, 2017.

April 5, 2017: The Rise of Donald Trump - John L. Campbell visits SDU

The Rise of Donald Trump - John L. Campbell visits SDU

 When: April 5, 12:15 - 13:45

Where: U74, SDU, Odense

 Public seminar with Professor of Sociology, John L. Campbell

John L. Campbell is Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College and Professor of Political Economy at Copenhagen Business School. His talk at SDU will cover the content of his next book on the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, how it happened and what the implications are going forward.

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