Retour Seminar (EHESS, Paris) - About welfare

Welfare organizations: practices, experiences and policies of social, health and medico-social institutions – programme 2018-2019

About welfare: practices, experiences and policies in the social and health institutions

EHESS, salle 2, 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris

Organizers : Nicolas Henckes, chargé de recherche au CNRS (CERMES3) ; Livia Velpry, maîtresse de conférences à l’Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (CERMES3) ; Myriam Winance, chargée de recherche à l’INSERM (CERMES3)

Coordinated by Cermes3,  Arènes (EHESP) and Handéo. Financing Iresp and CNSA, 2019-2020.

Contact : myriam.winance(at)

We are interested in the transformations of social and health institutions, and in the way in which, in Europe, housing and care institutions have given place to new work organisations for helping or taking care of people. We reflect on welfare categories, the definition of professional practices, and individuals experiences. In France, we are particularly concerned about the future of the medico-social sector, instituted as a sector in itself beside health, social and educational sectors, whose situation we aim to contrast with other European countries – in particular the Scandinavian countries which very quickly committed themselves to a so-called policy of people inclusion, or even Great Britain which promotes a policy of inclusion while keeping its institutions. Between the approaches in terms of access to rights and social justice of political science and the more recent attempt to integrate the analysis of care practices with that of the social state within the framework of “social care” approaches, this seminar intends to provide a renewed framework for the analysis of long-term care.

This seminar is part of a project whose aim is to initiate and build a research network, which is a space for thought across categories (disability, old age, mental health, and chronic disease, which is problematic in some countries), disciplines of social and human sciences, actors (academic researchers, researcher-actors, professionals, administrations) and finally different national contexts – focusing first on Europe.

Provisional program