CFP: Absolute Poverty in Europe

Submission deadline: February 28, 2015

Conference date(s):
August 27, 2015 - August 28, 2015

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Conference Venue:

Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria

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Keynote Speakers:

David Hulme (Manchester)

Robert Walker (Oxford)

Europe is often portrayed as a continent of "relative" poverty and social exclusion while extreme or "absolute" poverty is understood as a measure and reality of poor ("developing") countries only. This conference aims to question this dichotomy and we invite papers that contribute to an elaborated understanding of severe, extreme or absolute poverty in Europe. Papers should address the specific situations and challenges of groups endangered by absolute poverty such as undocumented refugees, migrant beggars, homeless people, street children or discuss evils related to severe poverty (malnutrition, physical and mental illness, stigma, isolation, etc.). We encourage papers from scholars with backgrounds in the humanities or the social sciences, as well as from practitioners. Furthermore, we particularly welcome papers approaching the normative and political implications of absolute poverty in Europe and its alleviation.

There also will be a special stream on the practice of poverty alleviation in Europe together with the European Office of Red Cross International.

Please send your proposal (250 words) as a word file to [email protected] until February 28, 2015. We are also happy to receive proposals for thematic panels, consisting of three papers.

The conference fee is 150 Euros (75 Euros for students) and covers the conference folder, coffee breaks, two lunches, the reception, the conference dinner and a guided city tour.

This conference is an activity of the Austrian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP):

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