deadline: january 15th, 2018

The 18th World Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) will take place on 23 – 26 August 2018 at the University of Tampere (Finland). The theme of the Congress is “Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century”.

In the 20th century, the welfare states were successful in reducing poverty, building trust between different socio-economic groups and providing more equal opportunities for all. Today, welfare state structures reflect the societies of the past rather than those of the future. Recent years have seen an exponential increase in media and policy attention around the basic income idea, followed by concrete initiatives to study basic income design and implementation across the world. The 2018 BIEN Congress plans to build on this growing interest in basic income by inviting activists, stakeholders, policymakers, students and researchers to discuss the promises of basic income against the background of the need for a “new universalism”.

Confirmed plenary speakers at the 2018 BIEN Congress include: Jamie Cooke (UK), Evelyn Forget (Canada), Loek Groot (Netherlands), Louise Haagh (UK), Renana Jhabvala (India), Olli Kangas (Finland), and Lena Lavinas (Brazil). More featured speakers will be added as the program develops.

The 2018 BIEN Congress will be preceded by a Nordic UBI Day (23 August 2018), featuring representatives from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden to debate the prospects of basic income across the Nordic countries.

The 2018 BIEN Congress now invites proposals for individual papers, themed panels with up to three papers, and a roundtable discussion with 4-5 participants that cover any aspect of the justification, design, implementation, or politics of universal basic income.

Please submit your proposals (including a title, a short abstract of up to 250 words, and personal information) by the deadline of 15 January 2018.

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