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Conference «Social Policy in East and Southeast Europe in Past and Present» (Regensburg, 21-23 June 2018)

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany, 21-23 June 2018

The concept of social welfare is one of the defining features of modernity in East and Southeast Europe. From the blueprint independent welfare systems established by the nationalising post-imperial states, over the supposedly distinctive social security and redistribution systems under communism to the challenging and economically burdensome post-communist transition, social welfare has come to encompass defining components of state-society relations and human involvement therein. Traditional income maintenance, family and pension policy, as well as health care, education and housing programmes all affect societal dynamics in fundamental ways.

This conference will explore two particular issues in this broader field. First, it will study social policies in relation to demographic dynamics and address social policy as a response to and at the same time attempt to manage demographic challenges. How do social policies in East and Southeast Europe respond to and manage challenges related to age structure, natality and migration?

A second topic of concern are the patterns of social exclusion and inclusion that underlie social policies. To what extent does the redistribution of income through social policy address or generate social inequalities and what are its social and political repercussions? How does social policy interact with gender and ethnicity?

The conferences welcomes presentations that address one or both of the issues above, with particular focus on the following domains:

The conference aims to facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue between scholars from history, economics, and related fields of the humanities and social sciences. The conference seeks to complement contemporary social policy studies with historical research concentrating on the period from the 19th century to the present. The geographic focus lies on East and Southeast Europe.

Keynote speakers:

Malgorzata Fidelis (Department of History, University of Illinois, Chicago)
Pieter Vanhuysse (Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Leibniz-Institut für Ost und Südosteuropaforschung, Landshuter Straße 4, D-93047 Regensburg Phone: (0941) 943 54 10, fax: (0941) 943 54 27,, Internet website.

Important dates:

Deadline for application submissions — January 19, 2018 
Notification of acceptance — February 23, 2018
Deadline for full paper submissions (to be disseminated to the discussants)  — June 7, 2018

Applications should be sent to (in Word or PDF format) and include:

The conference language is English. IOS Regensburg will cover travel (up to 500 EUR) and accommodation costs of presenters.

Conveners: Alzbeta Mangarella, Ekaterina Skoglund, Pieter Troch.


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