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BIGSSS International Conference 2014

The Link between Social Stratification and the Welfare State

12-13 June 2014, Bremen, Germany

Keynote Speakers: Conchita D’Ambrosio (University of Luxembourg), Wim van Oorschot (University of Leuven, Belgium), Sonja Drobnic and Steffen Mau (both BIGSSS Bremen, Germany)

Organizers: Nate Breznau, Alexi Gugushvili, Katja Möhring and Nadine Schöneck-Voß

Conference Website

Call for Papers:

This conference aims to identify the linkages between research on social stratification and mobility with social policy and welfare states. It looks for questions and answers that lie at the intersection of stratification and policy. For example: Does social policy enable or inhibit social mobility? Do welfare states change in response to increasing social inequality? It brings together the stratification focus of the ECSR and the policy focus of ESPAnet into a common framework in order to broaden both associations’ themes and illuminate the social inequality and political process nexus.

For paper submissions we seek abstracts of no more than 300 words. The conference is open to all academics, and we hope for a good mix of PhD students, postdocs, lecturers and professors. The conference welcomes those from any discipline germane to stratification and social policy; i.e. sociology, political science, economics, demography, and social psychology. It welcomes research on any geographic states or regions. Please see the website for specific session themes and details on submission of abstracts.

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2014, per email to

Conference Partners: ESPAnet, ECSR and ZeS