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Religion and Welfare in the European Borderlands from the Late 19th Century to the Present

September 22 at 8:00 am - September 23 at 5:00 pm EDT

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Religion and Welfare in the European Borderlands from the Late 19th Century to the Present

September 22 at 8:00 am September 23 at 5:00 pm Italy/Florence

The ERC SOCIOBORD and “Who cares in Europe?” Cost Action’s conference

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 the borderland studies as a promising third party to research on religion and welfare in the modern period. 

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