Financing Welfare Arrangements in Times of Transition: Europe from the 17th to the Early 20th Century

Datum der Konferenz: 
06.05.2019 bis 07.05.2019
Deadline zur Einreichung von Beiträgen (Datum): 
Art der Konferenz: 
Internationale Konferenzen
Inhaltliche Beschreibung: 

Historical and contemporary research on diverse regional and national trajectories of welfare arrangements – including welfare states – has increasingly acknowledged the importance of non-state actors in providing welfare. This emerging pluralist vision of care-provision puts a classical periodization of welfare development into question: Nascent welfare states of the second half of the 19th century have traditionally been portrayed as highly time-specific responses to unprecedented conditions of industrialization and its social costs, thus being put in general discontinuity to preceding arrangements of the early modern era. Turning away from fully state-sponsored welfare allows us to dissolve rigid categories of “modern” and “pre-modern” welfare and investigate the continuities between charity, co-financed, collective or commercial insurances or private arrangements across these centuries.


The focus on financing structures will serve as a common comparative horizon for the workshop, addressing exemplary questions, such as: Did 19th century “innovations” indeed constitute a clear break with earlier patterns? How did modes of finance impact governance structures of welfare arrangements? To what extent did the interplay between those who paid and those who decided impact the definition of social risks and entitlement to social welfare? This workshop will try to zoom in on a transition period between welfare provision in estate-based societies on the one hand and emerging industrial societies on the other. By focusing on financing structures of welfare arrangements between the 17th and the early 20th century the workshop seeks to highlight potential patterns and trajectories of financing, governance structures, socio-economic contexts and regional divides. Finally, by bringing early modernists and modernists at the same table, the workshop will try to modify rigid periodizations in the history of welfare and to excavate the longue durée of welfare policy legacies.


The workshop especially encourages submissions by young researchers that cover the following subjects and topics within the period from the 17th to the early 20th century:
• Co-Financing Structures of Welfare Arrangements
• Continuity and/or Discontinuity of Individual Arrangements
• Mixed Economy of Welfare & Distinction between Public and Private
• Financing, [Democratic] Governance and Access
• Economic and Altruistic motives in the Management of Charity
• Methodological Issues & Source Criticism in the Study of Welfare Provision

The official language of the workshop is English. Abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent to by February 22nd, 2019. Please attach a brief CV. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 28 th.

This workshop is financially supported by the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute.

Land der Konferenz: 
J. Ludwig Pelzl
Europäisches Hochschulinstitut, Flroenz
Ort der Konferenz: 
Europäisches Hochschulinstitut, Florenz