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SNoW Workshop 2016

“Family and Working Life in Chinese and Nordic Welfare States”, Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai 20-21 October 2016


A total of 17 papers were presented at the workshop with a fair balance between contributions from the Nordic countries and China: In addition to participants presenting papers, about 20 more persons attended parts of the workshop proceedings, e.g. students and scholars from the Shanghai area.

The workshop gave a comprehensive overview of topics and research in the field of family and working life, and policies within this field, in China and the Nordic countries. Several papers will be developed  for publication, but the organizing committee will not aim at a workshop publication. The workshop, which brought together established researchers and young researchers/PhD candidates, served its purpose of highlighting research questions of high political and academic relevance within the Sino-Nordic context, and has stimulated further research and mutual contact between individual researchers and institutions.  Below is the programme for the workshop, see also special workshop issue of SNoW Newsletter, October 2016, for an overview of participants, institutional affiliations and email addresses.



Thursday 20 October:

12:00-13:30: Lunch (place tbd)

13:30-14:00: Registration

14:00-14:15: Opening (Chair: Stein Kuhnle)

14:15-16:00: 1st Session (Chair: Kinglun Ngok)

(1) Sevil Sumer: “The Nordic Approach to Work and Care: Policies for Inclusive Citizenship”

(2) Wang Ziyu: “Differences inside the Nordic Model: Family Regimes Comparison”

(3) Fang Zhao, Hongling Chen, Juha Hämäläinen: “Balancing family-work-relations in a Confucian welfare society”

(4) Cathrine Strange: “Family well-being and social policy”


16:00-16:15: Tea/coffee break

16:15-18:00: 2nd Session (Chair: Stein Kuhnle)


(5) Yuan Ren: “Family Separation during Massive Labor Migration in China”

(6) Brigitte Suter: “Ideologies of gender equality on the move: The case of Swedish skilled migrants in China”

(7) Cham Soeun, Khan Samphors: “A Comparative Study: Health Insurance for Urban Migrant Workers in China and Cambodia – A Case for Working Related Injury”

(8) Zhikai Wang: “Family and working life of China’s migrant workers, a Nordic perspective “


19:00 Dinner (place tbd)


Friday 21 October:

09:00-10:45: 3rd Session (Chair: Pauli Kettunen)


(9) Kristin Dalen: “How much responsibility would the government take for the people’s welfare?”

(10) Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr: “Changing perceptions of old age security and care in China: emerging conflicts between old family values and modern lifestyles?”

(11) Bin-Bin Chen: “From One Child to Two: Fathers’ Role in Family and Implications to Welfare Policies”

(12) Jing Wang: “Comparison of elderly long-term care system: Reflections on the responsibilities of the family, the market and the government”

10:45-11:00: Tea/coffee break

11:00-12:45: 4th Session (Chair: Pan Yi)


(13) Laust Høgedahl, Kristian Kongshøj: “New trajectories of unionanization in the Nordic Ghent countries: changing labour markets and welfare institutions”

(14) Jing Zhou, Yangdi Han: “Interaction between the entrepreneurship and family and women entrepreneurs in the non-profit sector: A case study of Shanghai”

(15) Lin Chen: “Decisions for Institutionalization among Nursing Home Residents and the Children in Shanghai”

(16) Shen Ke, Wang Feng, Yong Cai: “A Benevolent State against an Unjust Society? Inequalities in Public Transfers in China”

12:45-14:30: Lunch (place tbd)

14:30-16.15: 5th Session (Chair: Yuan Ren)


(17) Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen: “A generational and psychosocial perspective on changing ‘gender contracts’ in the family: The case of Norway”

(18) Pan Yi: “The problems and policy analysis on current Chinese children welfare system”

 (19) Ngok Kinglun, Fan Xin: “The evolution of childcare policies in China: From the perspective of social care discourse”

16:15-16:30: tea/coffee break

16:30-17:00: Closing Session : Summing up , publication? (Chair: Stein Kuhnle)