The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research will be a project partner in the new EU Interreg Alpine Space project Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Healthy and Active Ageing. Andreas Koch will lead the project team at the CEPR, which will also include Elisabeth Kapferer and one Phd student.
This three year project is dedicated to coordinate efforts and activities of public authorities, private companies and research institutions engaged in the health sectors for the elderly people. Existing and novel indexes to measure ‘active and healthy ageing’ shall be collected and developed in order to establish a transnational governance board which will communicate local and regional approaches in a comparative way. Project partners from Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland, together with observers from these countries and Germany, will take up this unique opportunity to do research in this important future challenge. The CEPR will be mostly involved in developing and assessing adequate indicators for ‘active and healthy ageing’.
The special issue on "Religion and Poverty", edited by Gottfried Schweiger, Helmut Gaisbauer and Clemens Sedmak, was just launched by Palgrave Communications. Three articles are online, more are coming throughout 2018. All articles are open access.
This is a rolling Issue and it is still possible to submit a paper for this Special Issue. Submissions and paper proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.
Website of the Special Issue: https://www.nature.com/collections/dxkjhtslmk
Poverty and religion are interrelated in different ways. On the one hand, for various religious traditions poverty is both an aspect of a particular faithful life (e.g. monastic communities) and giving to the poor is seen as a religious duty. Such traditions have evolved over time and expanded the role that faith-based organisations nowadays play in welfare provision and international development. Faith-based organisations play an important role in poverty alleviation both in rich and poor countries. These actions and practices, as well as their religious and theological underpinnings, deserve scrutiny. On the other hand, religion plays an important role in the life of people living in poverty: how they experience and shape their living, and how they find their place in society and the communities in which they. The role of religion in justifying certain inequalities and processes of exclusion (e.g. in India) and thus contributing to the sustainability of poverty is another important theme worth reflection.
This collection explores the question: how can religion be used as a vehicle to overcome structures of poverty, and how does it sometimes hinder such processes?
Andreas Koch and Gottfried Schweiger organize a small workshop on "Spatal In/Justice" as part of the 2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research on Space and Poverty, on 13 and 14 September 2018.
The aim of this workshop is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of ideas and knowledge between geography and philosophy on issues of spatial in/justice. It is dedicated to explore how geographical and philosophical concepts, theories, insights and methods can learn, enrich or even criticize each other to help us to better understand spatial in/justice but also to construct better practices and policies to overcome them.
Participation of the workshop is welcomed but all participants need to register for the main conference to do so (link to the registration).
The program including the abstracts is below.
Call for Papers: Workshop on Recognition and Poverty, Invited speaker: David Ingram (Loyola University Chicago)
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg is happy to announce the call for papers for a workshop on "Recognition and Poverty". The workshop will be held at the University of Salzburg on 15 and 16 November 2018.
The invited speaker for this workshop is David Ingram (Loyola University Chicago), who will give a talk on "Misrecognition and Divided Agency: Does Micro-Finance Empower Women?".
The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together papers that explore the relation of recognition and poverty, and how (critical) theories of recognition can be utilized to enhance our understanding, evaluation and critique of poverty and social inequalities. This also includes issues of recognition in the production of poverty knowledge and in poverty research. Another possible topic is the relation of recognition to other critical normative concepts such as reification, alienation or invisibility in respect to issues of poverty. Furthermore, papers can explore anti-poverty policies, development aid and duties towards the (global) poor. Critical examinations of reflections on poverty and related issues in the work of past and present thinkers of recognition (e.g. Fichte, Hegel, Kojeve, Fanon, Taylor, Fraser, Honneth) are welcomed.
This workshop hopes to contribute to the ongoing and expanding debate about recognition in ethics, political and social philosophy by focusing on poverty, which is one highly important social and global challenge. Contributions from social and political theory are also welcomed as are papers that combine conceptual and empirical work.
The workshop will run over two days and each speaker will have 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for presentation and 50 minutes for discussion). Draft papers are shared in advance and speakers can focus on the key points of their paper in the oral presentation. A peer-reviewed publication of selected papers is envisaged in an edited volume on the workshop topic in the Springer Book Series Philosophy and Poverty. We expect that participants consider this option to publish their paper presented at the Workshop.
There is no conference fee. Coffee breaks and two lunches will be covered by the CEPR. Unfortunately we cannot offer any subsidy for travel and accommodation costs.
If you are interested in participating please submit an extended abstract of 750 words ready for blind review (in a .doc or .odt file) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2018, and decisions will be communicated within two weeks after this deadline. It is expected that draft versions of the papers are shared two weeks before the workshop.
If you have any question about the workshop please contact Gottfried Schweiger at email@example.com
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg organizes an annual Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty. In 2018 the workshop will focus on the topic of "Poverty and the Family". The invited speaker for this workshop is Jonathan Wolff (Oxford), who will give a talk on "Poverty, Social Expectations, and the Family". The workshop will run over two days and the program will include nine papers. The abstracts of all talks will be published soon on this site. Draft papers will be shared among all registered participants two weeks in advance.
Guests are welcomed but need to register via e-mail until 1 May 2018 at gottfried.schweiger[a]sbg.ac.at
For more information please visit the workshop's website: www.workshop-poverty-philosophy.org/
Thursday 17 May 2018
10:00 Jonathan Wolff (Oxford): Poverty, Social Expectations, and the Family
11:30 Anke Snoek and Dorothee Horstkotter (Maastricht): How poverty compromises agency: the case of substance dependent parents
13:30 Mar Cabezas (Complutense de Madrid): Children raising children: Parental responsibilities and paradoxes in the intergenerational transmission of poverty
15.00 Karin Kuhlemann (University College London): Poverty and the moral limits to the right to procreate
16:30 Alicia-Dorothy Mornington and Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec (Panthéon Sorbonne): The case of British forced adoption – is poverty eroding parental rights?
17:45 End of Day 1
Friday 18 May 2018
9:30 Douglas MacKay (North Carolina): Parenting the Parents: The Ethics of Parent-Targeted Paternalism in the Context of Anti-Poverty Policies
11:00 Anders Herlitz and Adel Daoud (Gothenburg and Rutgers): Economic stability, poverty and fairness
13:00 Jordan Thomson (Toronto): Having it Good without Being Bad
14:15 End of Day 2
The workshop will take place at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research. The Centre is located in the city centre of Salzburg. The address of the Centre is Mönchsberg 2a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.
Workshop: Spatial In/justice: Linking Perspectives from Geography and Philosophy
organized by Andreas Koch (Social Geography, Salzburg) and Gottfried Schweiger (Political Philosophy, Salzburg)
13. & 14 September 2018, University of Salzburg
This workshop is part of the 2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research on Space and Poverty
The aim of this workshop is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of ideas and knowledge between geography and philosophy on issues of spatial in/justice. Spatial in/justice is certainly of high interest to both disciplines, whether it be in the form of poverty, inequality, exclusion, marginalization or oppression or issues of rights, morality, agency or knowledge production regarding spaces. Both disciplines have produced valuable insights on these issues over the last decades and yet it seems as if they are rather separated from each other. This workshop is dedicated to explore how geographical and philosophical concepts, theories, insights and methods can learn, enrich or even criticize each other to help us to better understand spatial in/justice but also to construct better practices and policies to overcome them. This workshop is open to several different conceptual and methodological approaches and theoretical backgrounds within geography and philosophy (e.g. Structuralism, Marxism, Critical Theory, Liberalism...).
Interested colleagues are invited to submit an abstract of 500 words as a .doc or .odt file to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 31st 2018. Decisions will be communicated within two weeks. It is expected that draft papers are shared two weeks in advance of the workshop. A publication of the papers presented in this workshop is envisaged.
Please be aware: This workshop is part of the 2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research on Space and Poverty. The organizers can offer a waiver of the conference fee (100€) for paper givers in this workshop. Coffee breaks, two lunches and the conference dinner are provided but participants need to cover their travel expenses and accommodation.
More information about the conference can be found on this website: www.poverty-conference.org
As part of its research program "Enacting "Catholic Social Tradition" the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research together with the University of Notre Dame and Trinity College Dublin organzied a workshop on "Catholic Social Teaching and the Capabilities Approach". The workshop took place on 15 and 16 December 2017 at Trinity College Dublin. Among the speakers were Catriona Russell (Trinity College), Severine Deneulin (Bath) and Tina Beattie (Roehampton). This workshop is part of a book project on the topic of Integral Human Development, which will be published in the book series of the Kellogg Institute with University of Notre Dame Press.
A new paper (in German) by Gottfried Schweiger and Gunter Graf on the currency of justice for children was just published in the Archiv für Rechts- and Sozialphilosophie. It should be open access but it is not yet. Below you can read the abstract and also find a link to the published version of the paper.
Fähigkeiten und Funktionsweisen als ,,Währung der Gerechtigkeit" für Kinder [Capabilities and Functionings as the ,,Currency of Justice" for Children ]
In this paper, we aim to clarify two central assumptions, which allow to specify what justice for children implies in the Capability Approach. First, we argue that an adequate currency of justice for children consists in a bundle of functionings, which develops into a bundle of capabilities in the course of childhood; the currency of justice for children is dynamic, not static. Second, we discuss how the respective functionings and capabilities should be selected. In particular, we suggest four criteria. They imply that there is not only a change through time from a bundle of functionings to a bundle of capabilities as the currency of justice for children, but that the composition of the bundle itself gets modified.
Link to article on the publisher's website.
Link to the PDF of the published version.
In mid October, CEPR Senior Scientist Helmut P. Gaisbauer spent his first field research week in Dumbrăveni/Romania. There he aims to shed light on the obstacles and possibilities as well as effectiveness of a social project that supports children of poverty-stricken families in their regular access to education. This project called A.C.E.S. offers after-school care to a small number of about 20 children mostly with a Roma background living in a slum-like neighborhood at the outskirts of Dumbrăveni. The most important feature of A.C.E.S. is the long-term commitment of funds for at least 8 years to really make a difference.
The VALUE-DUMBRAVENI research project supports this initiative by providing insights into the obstacles and chances of reducing poverty amongst the target population, i.e. mainly in strengthening children through support and enhancing their educational efforts.
In recent years, CEPR contributed extensively to the discourse on child poverty and severe, absolute forms of poverty in affluent societies which are intersecting in this case. This way, CEPR generated insights in particular forms of poverty that can be framed with the concept of fundamental poverty. Fundamental poverty is a form of poverty that coins the whole of a human existence. Child poverty shapes the very identity of and the manner how the children interact with the world in a long-lasting way. Absolute poverty is severe poverty that denies basic human needs. These forms of poverty are “fundamental” because they shape the basic code of a life in a long-lasting manner, influencing daily routines, basic opportunities and fundamental decisions.
In his recent fieldwork, Helmut did a series of interviews with supported children, with the project’s staff and with representatives of the local schools in order to understand what factors influence school attendance, how the educational systems’ efforts to support children with special needs and marginalized children work, to learn about the children’s backgrounds and performance and how the children experience A.C.E.S. The next field trip is planned for end of March 2018.
CEPR Senior Scientist Helmut P. Gaisbauer has been appointed president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics ifz Salzburg by September 1 2017. He follows Prof Clemens Sedmak who has led the ifz from 2009 to 2017 and is now full professor of Social Ethics at the University of Notre Dame/Indiana.
As an international research centre for social ethics, the ifz researches into questions of how to improve people’s lives. It is a place for interdisciplinary approaches on socially relevant issues based on the values of human dignity, common good, solidarity and sustainability. The ifz is a platform for ideas and solutions that serve our society, the church and the economy; it wants to achieve that goal through its academic work and by providing a meeting place, where academics and non-academics have the opportunity to meet (www.ifz-salzburg.at).
The ifz is closely cooperating with the CEPR – e.g. in a consultancy assignment by the state Salzburg concerning the realization of European Social Funds projects in the period 2017-2021, by hosting a common research seminar series or common public events aiming at public debate and knowledge transfer.