Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South (19th-20th Century)

Social Policies and the Welfare State in the Global South (19th-20th Century)

Prof. Dr. Delia González de Reufels and Dr. Teresa Huhle (Geschichte Lateinamerikas, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, FB 8, Universität Bremen) in cooperation with the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy: SOCIUM, Universität Bremen
Universität Bremen
Vom - Bis
14.09.2017 - 15.09.2017
Teresa Huhle

The conference aims at stimulating the debate on the history and the interconnectedness of social policies in the 19th and 20th century. Why and how ideas and models of welfare travelled across the globe, and why and how actors took an interest in the topic and assumed an active part in this process form the core interests of this conference. It focuses on the Global South and aims at revealing both the diversity of policy fields and of the actors involved.

The conference brings together an interdisciplinary and international group of junior and senior scholars who are working on the history of social policies and the welfare state in the Global South from a transnational, entangled or global history perspective.

Special attention will be paid to: Cooperation between countries of the Global South, transfer of knowledge from the South to the North and within the Global South, the entanglement between social policies and development, as well as the transnational circulation of narratives concerning social problems and the policies desired to solve them.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

13:00 – 13:30: Registration and Welcome

13:30 – 13:45: Introduction
Delia González de Reufels (Universität Bremen) / Teresa Huhle (Universität Bremen)

13:45 – 15:15: Panel 1 Transnational Labour Policies
- Delia González de Reufels (Universität Bremen): Chair
- Manuel Bastias Saavedra (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main / Universität Bremen): Jehring and the Working Class. Law and Labour in Turn of the Century Latin America, 1890-1930
- Thomas Maier (University College London / Universität Bremen): The Worker’s State and the International Agenda – Perón’s „Nueva Argentina“, Labour Diplomacy, and Counterdiscourses during the Early Cold War
- Rainer Dombois (Universität Bremen): Comment

15:15 – 15:45: Coffee

15:45 – 17:15: Panel 2 Colonial and Imperial Social Policies
- Norbert Finzsch (Universität zu Köln): Chair
- Daniel Nethery (Australian National University, Canberra): Imperial Legacies in the French Welfare State
- Andreas Eckert (Humboldt Universität Berlin): From Poverty to Informality? Labour and the Social Question in Sub-Saharan Africa after 1945
- Carina Schmitt (Universität Bremen): Comment

17:15 – 17:30: Coffee

17:30 – 18:45: Keynote 1
- Teresa Huhle (Universität Bremen): Introduction
- Anne-Emanuelle Birn (University of Toronto): South-South Cooperation: Building Healthy Societies through Alternative Solidarities

Friday, September 15, 2017

09:00 – 11:00: Panel 3 International Organizations and Platforms
- Carina Schmitt (Universität Bremen): Chair
- Nina Schneider (Universität zu Köln): Latin American Child Labour Laws in Historical and Global Perspective
- Teresa Huhle (Universität Bremen): Promoting the „Model Country“: Uruguays International Display of Public Assistance Policies in the Early Twentieth Century
- Paula Lucía Aguilar (CONICET, Buenos Aires): Households, Food and Wages: The Hygienic-Economic Survey of the National Institute of Nutrition and the ILO
- Delia González de Reufels (Universität Bremen): Comment

11:00 – 11:15: Coffee

11:15 – 13:15: Panel 4 Welfare, Development & Social Rights
- Teresa Huhle (Universität Bremen): Chair
- Anna Derksen (Universiteit Leiden): The Struggle for Disability Rights in a Development Context: Entanglements and Exchanges between Scandinavia and the Global South in the 1980s
- Angela Villani (University of Messina): From Southern Europe to Global South: Unicef Nation Building Strategy and the Spreading of Welfare Systems after WW2
- Jadwiga Pieper Mooney (University of Arizona): Chile, Mozambique, and Back: The Politics of Social Medicine from the Welfare State to Dictatorship
- Norbert Finzsch (Universität zu Köln): Comment

13:15 – 14:30: Lunch

14:30 – 15:45: Keynote 2
- Delia González de Reufels (Universität Bremen): Introduction
- Christoph Conrad (Université de Genève): ‘Global Aging’: Planetary Process – Transnational Discourse – National Responses

15:45 – 16:00: Coffee

16:00 – 16:30: Concluding Remarks and Final Discussion
Delia González de Reufels (Universität Bremen) / Teresa Huhle (Universität Bremen)


Daniel Westermann

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