Events by the ZEA

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  • CfP: 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research: Focus Theme: Religion and Poverty

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg organizes an annual conference since 2013. These conferences are interdisciplinary and open to all interested researchers, practitioners and policy makers. They aim to bring together current research on poverty, inequality and social exclusion and to discuss policies and other measures of poverty alleviation. All abstracts that are submitted to be included in the conference program will be reviewed.
The Keynote Speakers in 2017 will be Paul Cloke, ​Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Emma Tomalin, Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds, where she is director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.
The Organizing Committee invites submissions of proposals for single papers and thematic panels in all areas of poverty research but special attention will be given to those concerned with the 2017 focus theme of religion and poverty.
Please visit the conference homepage:

  • 25 & 26 August 2016: Conference “Child Poverty in Times of Crisis”

The aim of this conference is threefold: (1) to discuss how different crises (like the recent economic downturn, political instability, natural disasters or (civil) war) affect child poverty; (2) to reveal the consequences such crises have on children living in poverty and their familiesas well as to show how they respond; and, finally, (3) to provide suggestions for international, national and local policy designs for the reaction to such crises. We are interested in bringing together empirical and theoretical papers and in discussing the normative and ethical issues attached to child poverty and related policy making.
Keynote speakers: Mario Biggeri (Florence) & Lucinda Platt (LSE)
The program and more information can be found on the conference homepage:

  • 24 August 2016: Workshop: Child Poverty and Political Philosophy

The aim of this workshop is to explore child poverty from a political philosophical perspective. Despite an increase of the political philosophical literature on poverty, especially poverty in the global South, the particular form of child poverty has not gained much attention. Topics include child poverty as a problem of social and global justice, parental rights and duties under the circumstances of poverty, the rights of children living in poverty or responsibilities of different agents of justice towards children in poverty.
This workshop is organized by the research project “Social Justice and Child Poverty”, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
Invited speakers for the workshop: Colin Macleod (Victoria) & Serena Olsaretti (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
The program as PDF.

  • 12 & 13 May 2016: 2016 Workshop on Philosophy and Poverty

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) at the University of Salzburg and the Austrian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) are happy to announce the call for papers (PDF of the cfp) for their 2016 Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty. The workshop will be held at the University of Salzburg on May 12 and 13, 2016. Monique Deveaux (U of Guelph) is the invited speaker for this workshop. We invite scholars to submit papers on any topic within the realm of philosophical inquiry into poverty. Possible topics include poverty as an issue of global or social justice, human rights and poverty, the ethical obligation of poverty alleviation and the design of poverty alleviation measures or philosophical issues in poverty measurement, the conception of poverty and poverty research. Preference will be given to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers and to papers that are related to the topic of the talk of the invited speaker. In 2016 Monique Deveaux (University of Guelph) will be the invited speaker with a paper on: “Global Justice from Below?: The Value of Social Movement Approaches to Poverty Reduction”.
The program and more information on Monique and her talk can be found here:

  • 15 & 16 October 2015: Workshop: Child Health and Justice (in Madrid)

Together with Txetxu Ausín of the Institute of Philosophy at the Spanish National Research Council Gottfried Schweiger, Gunter Graf and Mar Cabezas organize an international workshop on child health and justice as part of the research project “Social Justice and Child Poverty”. The confirmed speakers are: Txextu Ausín (Madrid), Mar Cabezas (Salzburg), Rosario Carmona (Seville), Gunter Graf (Salzburg), Bill Gardner (Dalhousie), Hinke Haisma (Groningen), Carlos Pitillas Salvá (Madrid), Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg) und Sridhar Venkatapuram (London)
All information here:

  • 27 & 28 August 2015: Conference “Absolute Poverty in Europe”

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research will host a conference on “Absolute Poverty in Europe”. The keynote speakers will be  David Hulme (Manchester) and  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.).
This conference is an activity of the Austrian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP):
Find more information on the conference homepage:

  • 9 & 10 February 2015: Workshop: Justice and Disadvantages during Childhood: What Has the Capabilities Approach to Offer?

This was the first workshop with the international project partners of the research project “Social Justice and Child Poverty”. Talks have be given by the project team (Gottfried Schweiger, Gunter Graf & Mar Cabezas) as well as Mario Biggeri (Florence), Caroline Hart (Sheffield), Ortrud Leßmann (Hamburg, Colin Macleod (Victoria) and Sridhar Venkatapuram (London).
More informnation about the project can be found here.
The program and abstract is here as a PDF.

  • 13 and 14 November: II. Conference of Practical Philosophy

The program of II. Conference of Practical Philosophy took at the University of Salzburg included nearly 90 talks within the whole range of practical philosophy. The plenary lectures were given by Prof. Kurt Bayertz (Münster) and Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt (Erlangen).

  • 11 November 2014: Panel Discussion: “Darf ich bitten?” How to Deal with Our Poverty

On 11 November, the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research held a panel discussion on dealing with visible poverty and begging. The panelists were Robert Buggler (Poverty Netweork Salzburg), Slyvia Hahn (University of Salzburg), Michael König (Dakoniewerk) and Christine Repolust. The discussion was convened by Helmut P. Gaisber from the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research.

  • 28 & 29. August 2014: Conference “The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation”

On 28 and 29 August 2014 the CEPR organizes an international and interdisciplinary conference on the relationship between ethics and the fight against poverty. The focus relies on questions about the ethical implications which the conceptualization and implementation of measures of poverty reduction at a local, national and global level have.

As main speakers two proven and internationally recognized experts could be obtained:  Sabina Alkire, Economist and director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, and  Darrel Moellendorf, recently appointed Professor of International Political Theory at the University of Frankfurt.
The Call for Papers is open until the end of January 2014. 
Further informations can be found on the conference homepage: The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation