Conference Day 1


ImPRovE Conference: Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3


Morning Program – Roundtable on Social Innovation

Launch of the Social Innovation Track of the ImPRovE conference

09:00 – 10:15 Stijn Oosterlynck (University of Antwerp). A transversal analysis of 30 case studies in social innovation: Work in progress & General Discussion
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:30 Roundtable: How to improve the participation of stakeholders in European poverty policies?
Presentation by Gert Verschraegen and Yuri Kazepov
Reaction & pinpointing some main challenges, by Mikael Stigendal, Marjorie Jouen (Commissatiat général à l’égalité des territoires) and Frank Moulaert 
Group discussion



Afternoon Program: 500 years of UTOPIA
In cooperation with Centre Pieter Gillis

Date: 3 February 2016 

Venue: University of Antwerp – Hof van Liere – Prinsstraat 13 – 2000 Antwerp (Rooms Tassis and Dürer)

Time: 14:00 – 22:00 

Organization / co-organization: The Centre Pieter Gillis and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy

Short description: Seminar about Utopia and its meaning in past and present 


Thomas More’s Utopia was first published in 1516 in Leuven. Five hundred years later, the book is still famous for its social criticism and for its intellectual experiment of imagining a ‘utopian society’ based on entirely different principles, such as the abolition of private property.

More’s introduction to the book is a letter addressed to his good friend Peter Giles (Pieter Gillis), Flemish humanist and town clerk of Antwerp at that time. More and Giles were also good friends to Erasmus. The narrative framework of Utopia is to be located in Antwerp, where the fictitious character Hythlodaeus supposedly engaged in conversation with More and Giles, and related about his adventures as a seaman on an island named ‘Utopia’, situated in the New World.


The Centre Pieter Gillis and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp) want to celebrate this anniversary by organizing an academic event in Antwerp about Utopia and its meaning in past and present, and by framing the annual Pieter Gillis lecture around More’s Utopia.

This day on Utopia also constitutes the opening event of the final conference of ImPRovE, a research project about poverty reduction in Europe.

Discussing Utopia Today
14:00 – 15:00 Thomas More’s Utopia as a Dystopia in its Particular Place in Time
Prof. dr. Guido Latré Professor of English Literature and Culture -  Université Catholique de LouvainClick here to read the abstract of this lecture.
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 – 16:20 Utopia and the elimination of poverty 
Prof. dr. Philippe Van Parijs, Utopia and Social Europe
Click here to read the abstract of this lecture.
16:20 – 17:00 Panel exchange: Toon Vandevelde, Bea Cantillon and John Hills.Moderator: Tim Goedemé 

Annual Pieter Gillis Lecture: Utopia a Republic of Letters

19:30 – 19:40 Introduction by prof. dr. Willem Lemmens, Chairman of the Centre Peter Giles (University of Antwerp)
19:40 – 20:40 Dr. Joanne Paul Lecturer in the History of Ideas, New College of the Humanities, United KingdomClick here to read the abstract of this lecture
20:40 – 20:45 Concluding remarks by prof. dr. Bea Cantillon, President of the Centre for Social Policy (University of Antwerp)
20:45 – 22:00 Welcome reception