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BIEN Congress 2018: Extended deadline for submitting papers

The 2018 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress has extended the deadline for submitting proposals for papers, themed panels or roundtables that cover any aspect of the justification, design, implementation, or politics of universal basic income. Send us your proposals (including a title, a short abstract of up to 250 words, and personal information) by the END OF FEBRUARY via our online submission. The new date is February 28th, 2018.

The 18th BIEN World Congress 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”. The international BIEN Congress takes place on 23-26 August. The first day will be a Nordic UBI Day on 23 August 2018.

Confirmed plenary speakers at the 2018 BIEN Congress include:

* Phillip Alston (USA)
* Jamie Cooke (Scotland)
* Evelyn Forget (Canada)
* Loek Groot (Netherlands)
* Louise Haagh (UK)
* Renana Jhabvala (India)
* Olli Kangas (Finland)
* Lena Lavinas (Brazil)

More info is available at our congress website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. For questions, email us at

About Jurgen De Wispelaere

Jurgen De Wispelaere has written 7 articles.

Jurgen De Wispelaere is a former occupational therapist turned political theorist and policy scholar. He is an ISRF Political Economy Research Fellow and a Policy Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (Universiy of Bath). Previously he worked at the University of Tampere (Finland), forming part of the Kela-led research team preparing the basic income experiment in Finland, and before that at universities in Montreal, Barcelona, Dublin and London. His major research interest is the political analysis of basic income, which was the topic of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Tampere. Jurgen has published extensively on basic income in leading international journals as well as specialist edited volumes. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Basic Income Studies (with Karl Widerquist) and co-edited Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research (Wiley 2013). He is currently working on a short book on basic income experiments (with Evelyn Forget) and preparing The Routledge Handbook of Basic Income (with Louise Haagh). Jurgen was the co-convenor of the 2014 BIEN Congress in Montreal and a member of the local organising committee of the upcoming 2018 BIEN Congress in Tampere. He is a big fan of death metal and believes a basic income would provide much needed support for the underground music scene.

The views expressed in this Op-Ed piece are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the view of Basic Income News or BIEN. BIEN and Basic Income News do not endorse any particular policy, but Basic Income News welcomes discussion from all points of view in its Op-Ed section.


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