Wednesday Meeting

Who: Uses of Literature. The Social Dimensions of Literature
When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:00 - 13:30
Where: Meeting room Sokrates, SDU, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Lecture by Klaus Petersen: Tracing the global history of the concept ‘welfare state’

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:15-1:15pm
Where: Danish IAS conference room

The ‘welfare state’ is a peculiar concept. On the one hand, almost everybody seems to care about it nowadays. We discuss the crisis, the sustainability or the renewal of the welfare state. On the other hand, both in academia and public debates we find a lot of confusion and divergence with respect to the meaning of the concept. In this lecture I will trace the global history of the concept from its origin in 19th Century Germany to more present-day uses. Tracing the career of a key political concepts offers interesting insights in patterns of conceptual diffusion as well as into the use of concepts as discursive weapons in political debates. Concepts might seem innocent tools for analysis but they are not.