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SNoW 2014 Shanghai Conference

The SNoW 2014 Conference was held at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, on 28-29 November 2014. The title of the conference was: “Between Universality and Conditionality: Migration, Mobility, and Welfare Rights”.

Participants at the SNoW 2014 conference at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University in Shanghai. The title of the conference was: "Between Universality and Conditionality: Migration, Mobility and Welfare Rights".
Participants at the SNoW 2014 conference at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University in Shanghai. The title of the conference was: "Between Universality and Conditionality: Migration, Mobility and Welfare Rights".

Stein Kuhnle, Professor, University of Bergen, welcomed the 20+ participants, and Klaus Petersen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Ren Yuan, Professor, Fudan University, and Sven E.O. Hort, Professor, Seoul National University, acted as chairs of the three plenary sessions.

 

Keynote speakers were:

 

Romana Careja, Researcher, University of Southern Denmark:
“Imigration and the Welfare State in Europe: Trends, Challenges, Responses”

Zhang Wenhong, Professor, Dean of School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University:
“Migrants, Social Inequality and Public Policy Implications in China”

Pauli Kettunen, Professor, University of Helsinki:
“Corporate Citizens and Social Partners: Historical Reflections on Neo-Voluntarism and Soft Governance in the Social Regulation of Capitalism”

Daniel Béland, Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada:
“Identity, Territoriality, and Social Policy”

 

A total of 14 papers were presented and discussed in two parallel workshops:

 

Workshop I (Chair: Xiong Yuegen, Professor , Peking University)

Papers presented:

- Wen Zhuoyi, Senior Research Assistant, Center for Greater China Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education: “The Changing Social Citizenship of Migrant College Graduates in Urban China”
- Xiong Yuegen, Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University: “Health policy reform in China in the context of urban-rural integration: Increased accessibility without equality”
 - Einar Överbye , Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway, (with Jon Ivar Elstad and Espen Dahl as co-authors): “Do large welfare states attract healthy or less healthy immigrants? A comparison of mortality rates of native born and immigrants in Norway”
- Nanna Kildal
, Senior Researcher, Stein Rokkan Centre, Bergen, and Stein Kuhnle: “Free movement of European citizens: New social policy discourses and political responses in Norway”
- Ding Jinhong, Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai: “Migrants’ marriage and implications for welfare policies”
- Huang Chen-xi, Professor, East China Normal University: “Migration, vulnerability and social protection: A case study of social policy for the floating population in China”

- Sven E. O. Hort, Professor, Seoul National University: “Migration, mobility and the politics and economy of the Lost World of Social Democracy: welfare rights and the dilemma of universality and conditionality after September 2014”

 

Workshop II (Chair: Pauli Kettunen, Professor, University of Helsinki)

Papers presented:

- Chen Yingqi, Chinese University of Hong Kong: “Disadvantages among Immigrant Women from Mainland China to Hong Kong in Low-Income Communities”
 - Ren Yuan, Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University: “Better Urbanization, Better Life:Urbanization and Migrants’ Well-being in China”
- Pan Yi, Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: “Settle down migrant workers at their hometown, Another way to urbanization?”
- Heidi Vad Jønsson, Assistant Professor, and Klaus Petersen, Professor, University of Southern Denmark: “From a “Social Problem” to a “Cultural Challenge” to the National Welfare State: Immigration and Integration Debates in Denmark 1970-2011”
- Karen Breidahl, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, and Heidi Vad Jønsson, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark: “State assisted Introduction programmes for the newly arrived refugees in four European welfare states”
 - Raija Koskinen, PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki: “Conceptualizing the complexity of activation policy related to youth unemployment in Finland”

- Kinglun Ngok, Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University: “Urbanization, Social Policy Innovation and the Establishment of Local Citizenship in China: the case of Dongguan”