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

Please see below the new version of the call for papers for 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”


During the last two decades one can observe a growing research interest in the role of religion in past and present developments of modern welfare regimes. By going beyond the limitations of the secularization and modernization theses embedded in earlier investigations into the histories of European social protection from the 1900s onwards, the merger of welfare and religious studies has brought insights, for example, into the long-term impact of religious doctrines in shaping secularized national welfare regimes, the importance of Christian parties in the mobilization for or against the specific protection strategies, and the overall influence of religious/secular tensions in shaping different European models of welfare states. This conference aims to bring the flourishing field of borderland studies as a new, third party to research on religion and welfare, thus shifting away from narratives on European social assistance carried from the perspective of central states or “national” systems of protection. We seek submissions that explicitly put “welfare”, “religion” and “border/borderland” in a dialog in which the analytical attention to the three phenomena is evenly distributed.

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

The conference is 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.

For further questions, please contact

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