International symposium: Seeking and Seizing - the Nordic Way?

Torstai 2.11.2017 klo 09.15 – perjantai 3.11.2017 klo 13.00

Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö

Topics such as financing of welfare, political disaffection and welfare state legitimacy, the reciprocal relationship between work and welfare, and gender equality will be analysed. The symposium is part of the "Norden 2020" priority project.


2 - 3 November 2017

at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

Mannerheimintie 166, Helsinki, Finland




Please register:

Participation is free of charge



The symposium will be held in English without translation


Further information

Project Planner Mia Mäkinen

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, +358 295 163 075


Please register here by 15 ommodaema-aukio 2, Helsinkin clease regist



Thursday, 2 November


9.15 – Registration and networking over a cup of morning coffee


10.00 Welcome remarks

Moderator, Norden 2020 Project Leader Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä,

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


10.15 Neoliberal relations of poverty: the welfare state under assault

Professor Sanford F. Schram, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA


11.30 Invited commentary:

Doctoral Student Joel Kaitila, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


11.45 Discussion


12.15 Lunch

Location: cafeteria of the National Institute for Health and Welfare


13.15 Gender and Nordic welfare viability in the financial crisis of 2007-2008

Member of Parliament Eygló Harðardóttir, Progressive Party, Iceland


14.00 Invited commentary: Professor Emeritus Anita Nyberg, Stockholm University, Sweden


14.15 Coffee break


14.45 Is there a Nordic Humanism?

Research Professor Nina Witoszek, Centre for Development and the Environment, Oslo University, Norway


15.30 Invited commentary: Researcher Stefan Nygård, University of Helsinki, Finland


15.45 Discussion


16.15 Wrap-up

Moderator Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä


16.30 End of day one


18.00 Symposium dinner

Location: City Hall Restaurant, Sofiankatu 1, inner courtyard


Friday, 3 November


09.00 Opening words

Moderator Kirsi-Marja Lehtelä


09.15 Civilizing business enterprises in the search for a new Nordic growth

and development model

Professor Emeritus Peer Hull Kristensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


10.30 Invited commentary: Docent Johan Strang, University of Helsinki, Finland


10.45 Discussion


11.10 Coffee break


11.40 The Relational Nordic Welfare State

Professor Emeritus Sakari Hänninen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


12.25 Invited commentary: Adjunct Professor Meri Koivusalo,

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


12.40 Closing comments

Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health,

Finland, and Chair of the Norden 2020 priority project


13.00 The symposium ends


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