20 September - Critical Welfare State Studies Conference 2019: Critical perspectives on stigma, shame and the Irish welfare imaginary.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University.

Followed by paper sessions throughout the day.

School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21

Friday 20th of September 2019: Registration opens at 8:30am


The Plenary session will take place in Aula Maxima, North Wing, Main Quadrangle followed by tea and coffee there. The remainder of the conference will take place in the O' Rahilly Building between CACSSS Seminar Room, ORB, G27 and Mary Ryan meeting room (opposite CACSSS Seminar Room G27).

Scholarship has shown how welfarist imaginaries can mediate who, what, why and how individuals and particular groups become stigmatised on the basis of their interaction/engagement with the welfare state. In the Irish context, scholarship has largely focused on how the Irish ‘welfarist imaginary’ shaped principally by Catholic social mores and values worked to stigmatise, shame and institutionalise particular groups such as women and children. What remains under-explored however, is the relationship between stigma and shame in the contemporary Irish ‘welfarist imaginary’.

This conference thus, seeks to capture and advance these multiple dimensions of stigma and shame in Irish welfare state research, analysis and critical debate.


College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Coláiste na nEalaíon, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta

College Office, Room G31 ,Ground Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, UCC