Conf/CfP -Interdisciplinary Poverty Research: Religion and Poverty, 21-22 September 2017, University of Salzburg, Austria

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2017

Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

Event Dates: from Sep 21, 2017 12:00 to Sep 22, 2017 12:00

Call for Papers

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.

Possible topics for the general theme sessions are, among others, current trends in poverty, inequality and social exclusion, poverty trends of different groups (minorities, age, gender, disability, unemployment), analysis of the economic, social and cultural processes underlying poverty, the effects of poverty on health, well-being, education, and inclusion, conceptualizations of poverty, methodologies of poverty research, the effectiveness of poverty alleviation measures and policy responses, and research on safety nets and welfare.

Possible topics for the focus theme sessions are, among others, the relation of religion and poverty and inequality in different states and world regions, religion as a factor in development, faith-based organisations and poverty alleviation, extent and causes of poverty and social exclusion of religious groups and minorities, religious perspectives on poverty, and theological responses to poverty and inequality.

The conference is open to all disciplines (development studies, sociology, economics, anthropology, social medicine, geography, political science, legal studies and the humanities), approaches, methods and concepts within the field of poverty research, and papers coming from an inter-, trans- or multidisciplinary background are particularly welcomed. Both research papers of empirical, theoretical or conceptual nature and policy papers are welcomed. If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact us. All proposals will be reviewed.

The Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research aims at bringing together estbalished as well as young scholars and academics from diverse backgrounds. Submissions of scholars working in the Global South are particularly encouraged and their participation is supported by a subsidized registration fee.

Each speaker will have 20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion. We welcome submissions for individual papers as well as for panels (consisting of three or four papers).

Please submit abstracts for single papers and panels via the submission form on this homepage. In case that you encounter difficulties using this form, please contact the organizers via e-mail.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for single papers and panels is 31 March 2017. Decisions will be communicated until 30 April 2017.


The registration fee for participants is 75€ and covers the conference folder, a guided city tour on Friday, coffe breaks, two lunch snacks and the conference dinner on Thursday. Students as well as particpiants from countries classified as low-income or lower-middle income economies by the World Bank pay a subsidized fee of 35€.

Every particpiant (presenting and non-presenting) needs to register via Eventbrite on this site:

Standard registration for presenting and non-presenting participants opens on 1 April 2017 and closes on 30 June 2017.

Late registration for presenting participants is possible until 31 July 2017 at an increased fee (+25€).

Late registration for non-presenting particpiants is possible until 15 September 2017 at an increased fee (+25€).

Keynote Speakers

Paul Cloke is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter. He has particular research interests in social and cultural geographies of rurality, nature-society relations, ethics and care, and landscapes of spirituality. His work seeks to ground social theory in a range of places, practices, and performances, focussing most recently on issues relating to nature-places, homelessness, ethical consumption and the staging and performativities of religious faith. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and from 1984-2012 was Founder Editor of Journal of Rural Studies, an international and multidisciplinary journal published by Elsevier Science. He was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 2002, as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2005 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009. He is the author and editor of several books, including Faith-based organisations and exclusion in European cities (Policy Press 2012), edited together with Justin Beaumont, Swept Up Lives?: Re-envisioning the Homeless City (Wiley 2011), written together with Jon May and Sarah Johnson, and Globalizing Responsibility: the Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption (Wiley 2010), written together with Clive Barnett, Nick Clarke, and Alice Malpass.

Adam Dinham is Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. His work focuses on religion through the lens of faith-based social action, faith-related social policy, and professional practice with religiously diverse publics. Adam convenes the leading policy-practice-research network on faith and civil society and is advisor to a number of national and international policy bodies. He is director of the Religious Literacy Leadership Programme, Professor of Religious Literacy at VID University, Oslo, Chair of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (BSA Socrel), and Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute for Faith and Public Life. He is the author of Faiths, Public Policy and Civil Society: policies, problems and concepts (Palgrave 2009) and Faith & Social Capital After the Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2012). His newest book is Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice (Policy Press 2015) , edited together with Mathew Francis.

Emma Tomalin is Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds, where she is director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. She has been a member of the American Academy of Religion’s Committee for the Public Understanding of Religion since 2014. Her main research interests are focused around religions and global development and religion, gender, and society. Her articles have been published in Oxford Development Studies and Gender and Development, among others. Her most recent book is The Routledge Handbook of Religions and Global Development (Routledge 2015); she is also the author of Religions and Development (Routledge 2013) and Gender, Faith and Development (OXFAM 2011), among others, and co-editor of Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas (Routledge 2014).


The conference will take place at the University of Salzburg in the City Centre of Salzburg. Detailed information will be announced soon.


By train: You can get to Salzburg by rail from most European cities. Salzburg Hauptbahnhof is a 20-minute walk from the city center and the bus station and the suburban railroad station are at the square in front. A taxi to the city center should take about 10 minutes and cost EUR 9.

Austrian Federal Railway
Deutsche Bahn (German Federal Railway)

By plane: There are direct flights from London and other European cities to Salzburg Airport, 4 km west of the city center, but not from the United States. From the United States you can fly to Munich and take the 120-minute train ride to Salzburg (you need to change trains at Munich Ostbahnhof), or you fly to Vienna and take a direct train (150 minutes). Taxis are the easiest way to get downtown from the Salzburg airport; the ride costs around EUR 13-EUR 14 and takes about 20 minutes.

Salzburg Airport
Munich Airport


Salzburg is a touristic hospot and offers plenty of places to stay but it can be difficult to find a reasonable priced accommodation. In general it is favourable to book as soon as possible.

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