About the Seminar
Willem Trommel: “I hope to do my seminar a bit different from what the fellows are used to. My aim is to collect novel and inspiring visions of future welfare; visions that take the ‘glocalizing’ nature of social reality into account. Beneath you find a short note in which I introduce some of the core questions and issues that relate to this challenge. At the start of the seminar I will take fifteen minutes to sketch some more background. The rest of the meeting I hope we can spend on exploring the ideas and images that come to your mind when thinking about the future of welfare. To prepare this, I hope attendants can find a little time to have a glimpse at the following questions:
1. What would you consider the most pressing issue concerning the future of welfare?
2. What would you say is the nature of this issue? Social? Political? Cultural? Economic? Institutional? Which factors make it ‘pressing’?
3. What would be viable ways to address the issue, and what would this imply for our vision of future welfare?
Note that I do not search for full-blown utopias or blueprints. Not only is this far too complex, it would probably be unrealistic. I am especially interested in spontaneous thoughts, intuitions, and the like.”
About NIAS Seminar
NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community, but seminars are open to others who are interested. Please let us know if you wish to attend.