ZiF-Forschungsgruppe

Das Soziale im globalen Süden.

Geschichte und Ideen der Sozialpolitik in Brasilien, Indien, China und Südafrika

März - Juli 2018

Leitung: Ulrike Davy (Bielefeld, GER), Lutz Leisering (Bielefeld, GER)
ZiF Research Group Workshop

Hundred years of social security in Brazil, India, China, and South Africa – the rise of social ideas and policies, 1920-2020



12 - 13 July 2018
Convenor: Lutz Leisering (Bielefeld, GER)

Lutz Leisering introduced the workshop with a presentation entitled 'Theorizing the Historical Rise of Southern Social Policy—a Framework for Research'. With the focus on South Africa, two fellows presented their preliminary findings. Marianne Ulriksen gave a presentation on 'Ideas and Concepts in South Africa's Social Security Policies during Apartheid'. One week before this, Jeremy Seekings, a leading scholar in History on Social Policy in Africa, gave two presentations, which were entitled 'Race, Class and Gender in the Construction of the Social Question in Pre-Apartheid South Africa' and 'Legitimating the Expansion of Social Assistance in Post-Apartheid South Africa'. With the focus on Brazil, Lena Lavinas referred to her presentation as a work in progress entitled 'The Anatomy of the Social Question and its Links to the Brazilian Social Security System', an extremely comprehensive presentation about the last two hundred years of social security in Brazil. Gabriel Ondetti also contributed his methodological brilliance to the workshop with a presentation entitled 'Exploring the "Village Welfare Hypothesis" in Brazil'. Finally, presentations with the focus on Asia in different historical periods were given. Shih-Jiunn Shi presented 'Social Security in China 1998-2020: Ideas and Reforms', and Aiqun Hu via Zoom delivered a presentation entitled 'The Rise of Modern Social Security in China, 1912-1949: Western Social Ideas and China's Special Situations'.

Conference Programme
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For further details please contact the coordinator of the Research Group,
Dr. Lorena Ossio .

E-Mail: southernwelfare@uni-bielefeld.de
Tel. +49 521 106-12835