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Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

The third and final seminar in the series took place in Birmingham on the 4th of December. While our previous seminars reflected on past and present ‘welfare imaginaries’, this final seminar aimed to open up space to think expansively and imaginatively about the future of the welfare state: how it might look; what values and visions… Continue reading Welfare Futures: Reflections on the final seminar

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Surface imaginaries

A guest blog post by Jane Brake, with photographs by John van Aitken. This post was inspired by the first seminar in the Welfare Imaginaries series. The skin of our tower block is opalescent. It’s hue is unstable, like mother of pearl its identity depends on the structure of refracted light and the observers angle… Continue reading Surface imaginaries

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Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do

A guest blogpost by artist and zine-maker Jean McEwan 'How we fight back? Make art' I wanted to share a significant moment of remembering I had at September's Welfare Imaginaries event in Liverpool, sparked by listening to writer Kerry Hudson and artist Mark McGowan talk about their work in the day's closing session. Kerry read… Continue reading Counter-ing austerity: Remembering what art can do

Seminar 2 Blogs

Welfare wonderings: Take-home messages from five speakers

A guest blog post by Stef Banstead. I had the pleasure of attending the second Welfare Imaginaries conference on Tuesday 26th September. Somehow I had missed the first one in June, but I am definitely going to book a place for the third and final seminar. The December seminar is on the future of the… Continue reading Welfare wonderings: Take-home messages from five speakers

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The attack of austerity meets with resistance, persistence and unity

A guest blog post by Kate Anderson. Getting to grips with the current state of welfare does not sound a particularly cheerful prospect, especially given the depth of the problems and the numerous ways people are struggling with today’s benefits system. But, I came away from a seminar on this topic feeling hopeful and armed… Continue reading The attack of austerity meets with resistance, persistence and unity