Europe as a Challenge: Scientific and Practical Perspectives on Labour, Migration and Old-age Provision

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 14:00 to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 16:30
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Economic crises, social change, political decision-making, and not least European integration have all changed the welfare state. A crucial element of social cohesion, it has traditionally been taken as a central power resource for national governments. But today, social policy is always embedded in European contexts and can only be understood from a cross-border perspective.

The conference, organised by the “Welfare State” group of the German-French interdisciplinary research programme Saisir l'Europe, will initiate a dialogue between representatives from research, politics and practice. It focuses on current socio-political challenges in the areas of ​​migration, the labour market and old-age provision, which are all experiencing accelerated change through European integration.

Three thematic round-table discussions and an evening public lecture and discussion will bring the perspectives of political shapers and of scientific observers face-to-face. Together with representatives of trade unions, business and NGOs, experts from government and administration, and  other day-to-day policy-makers, we shall discuss  the reasons, intentions and consequences of changes in these three fields. What historical breaks and what continuities can be seen? Which actors design and implement ongoing reform? And how are these actors themselves affected by current crises, new opportunities, and widening European horizons?




Humboldt Graduate School, Luisensaal, Luisenstr. 56 (Language: German)



Welcoming Address

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst (President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)



Panel 1: Integration through Work? The Labour Market and the Refugees


Wolfgang Barth (AWO, Head of Dept. Migration and Intercultural Opening)

Dirk Buchwald (German Federal Employment Agency)

RA Dr. Frederik von Harbou (Univ. Gießen / Lawyer for Asylum and Residence Law)

PD Dr. Nikola Tietze (Hamburg Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture)



Evening Event / Discussion: Is There a Future for Social Europe?


Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kaelble (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Prof. Dr. Monika Eigmüller (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Dr. Arnaud Lechevalier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)




Universitätsgebäude am Hegelplatz, Fritz-Reuter-Saal, Dorotheenstr. 24 (Language: English)



Panel 2:

Work and Social Protection Systems in Europe


Didier Goubert (Territoires zéro chômeur de longue durée)

Sian Jones (European Anti-Poverty Network)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Knuth (Universität Duisburg-Essen)



Panel 3:

Old-age Provisions in Europe


Prof. Dr. Elsa Fornero (Università di Torino)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Conrad (Université de Genève)

Roel Gans (Dutch Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment)


Contact and Registration:

Manuel Müller

+49 (0)30 2093-70612


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