The Action is pleased to announce the workshop Gendering the mixed economies of welfare: ruptures and trajectories in post-war Europe that will take place on 28-29 June 2021.

The main aim of the workshop is to historicize the implicit assumptions on which the ‘welfare state’ and ‘care’ are based, to understand the sexual division of welfare and the gendering of welfare policies and actions, and to explore how they have been produced, embedded, challenged, furthered or rejected, by social practices and interactions. In order to do this, we wish to focus on moments of ‘rupture’ in post-war Europe, when the mode of care or welfare provision appeared to be fundamentally questioned, shifted or changed, for instance the 1950s, the 1970s and the post-1989. At the same time, we are interested in tracing features of gendering the mixed economies of welfare that appear stable and continuous. While our focus will be on the postwar period, we are also interested in comparisons with the prewar years. We are particularly interested in investigating these issues in parts of Europe that have not thus far been included in the mental maps of the gendered dimension of the mixed welfare economies. Broadening the scope of comparison and shedding light not only on large but also on small scale initiatives, may reveal different chronologies of change in various parts of Europe. 

For further information see the PDF attached.

COST members who are interested in participating in the workshop should send an email to Efi Avdela (avdela@uoc.gr), Dimitra Lampropoulou (dlamprop@arch.uoa.gr), or Lindsey Earner-Byrne (lindsey.earner@ucc.ie) by April, 30th. You will be notified by May, 15th.