CFP: “Religion and Welfare in the European Borderlands from the Late 19th Century to the Present”

***The deadline has been extended and the conference has been postponed.***

Please see below the new deadline for submitting proposals and the new date of The ERC SOCIOBORD and “Who cares in Europe?” Cost Action’s conference “Religion and Welfare in the European Borderlands from the Late 19th Century to the Present”


Social assistance was originally designed according to religious norms. The supremacy of religious providers was then challenged by the emergence of statutory schemes of provision. During the last two decades one can observe a growing research interest in the role of religion in past and present developments of the modern welfare states and welfare regimes. This interest challenges and goes beyond the initial limitations of the secularization and modernization theses embedded in the earlier investigations into the modern European welfare. This revisionist merger of welfare and religious studies has brought fascinating insights into, for example, the long-term impacts of religious doctrines on shaping secularized national welfare regimes, the importance of Christian parties in the mobilization for or against the specific sets of welfare strategies, and the overall influence of religious/secular tensions to what are known as four major European models of welfare states. Most research on the entanglement between modern welfare regimes and religion is still done from the perspective of the central state in its various forms. This conference aims at bringing the flourishing field of borderland studies as a promising third party to research on religion and welfare in the modern period. 

Co-organized by the ERC SOCIOBORD 882549 (https://sociobord.eui.eu) and “Who Cares in Europe?” COST Action 18119 (https://whocaresineurope.eu/), the conference welcomes presentations in the fields of history, ethnography, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, geography.

In the PDF attached, you can find further information about the topics which may be addressed during the conference.

Practical Information and Submission guidelines:

  • Proposals should be no longer than 500 words, including a biographical note (150 words).
  • The event will take place in Florence, Italy between December 12-13, 2022.
  • The submission deadline is June 30, 2022, and responses will be given on July 2, 2022.
  • The advanced drafts of the papers (approx. 6000 words) are due by November 2, 2022.
  • The conference’s organizers plan to publish selected articles in a form of a special issue or an edited volume.
  • Please send your complete submission to Ellianna Farazi, ellianna.farazi@parisdescartes.fr

For further questions, please contact

Pirjo Markkola, pirjo.markkola@tuni.fi or Dominika Gruziel, dominika.gruziel@eui.eu