Calls for Panels and Papers




Calls for Papers



Call for Papers and Panel Proposals


The 17th Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network &

The 27th Annual Conference of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security

mitigating the economic and social impact of COVID-19: The Role ofSocial security And Social Welfare Responses in East and West

2-4 July 2021, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: 5 March 2021

Since the first coronavirus cluster was reported in December 2019,few have managed to avoid the direct impacts of economic lockdowns, travel restrictions, school closures, and other public health measures on their everyday lives. Rather than a ‘great leveller’ or ‘equaliser’, however, it has become increasingly evident that incidence, hospitalisation, and mortality rates due to Covid-19 have varied considerably by individual and regional socio-economic characteristics. In comparison, less is still known about the indirect economic and social losses due to the global pandemic and to what extent they have disproportionately affected different groups of people in Eastern and Western societies.

During the prevailing COVID-19 crisis social security has provided protection of individuals and families whose livelihoods have been threatened by unemployment and loss of economic activity. It also ensured systemic security by stabilizing purchasing power and helping businesses to bridge the crisis. Some countries, more than others, were able to rely on existing social security systems. Other countries have strengthened their social security with new or more generous benefits, while others have set up instruments outside social security. What do we know about social security responses in various countries around the world? Which first lessons can be drawn about the effectiveness of various strategies? And what does scientific research learn about the role of social security in guiding societies through the major ongoing social and economic transformations: ageing, climate transitions and digitization?

Against this background, and almost exactly one year after the 2020 the  East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) and Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conferences had to be cancelled, we are joining together once more to examine the role of ‘social security’ and ‘social welfare’ responses to mitigate against new Covid-19-related economic and social risks. Given the ongoing travel restrictions and global health concerns, we are planning to organise the conference as a hybrid-event combining options for delegates to join keynotes and parallel sessions in a face-to-faceor real-time online setting.

Besides the immediate crisis impacts and national responses, we particularly welcome theoretical or empirical contributions studying the consequences of Covid-19 for inclusive societies in East and West as well as those developing new approaches to re-imagine the role of private and collective income transfer and social investment programmes amidst the ‘New Normal’ post-Covid-19 environment. We also encourage contributions with a comparative and global perspective, particularly those including both East Asian and Western cases. It is a long tradition of EASP and FISS to invite papers by postgraduate students and early-career researchers as well as established scholars working in the field of social welfare, social security, and social policy analysis.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Prof. Janet Gornick, City University New York, United States

Prof. HyeKyung Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea

Prof. David Gordon, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

The conference programme will include a special panel of local experts on ‘Hong Kong Social Policy at a Crossroads’ chaired by Prof. Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Further details will be provided later.

Depending on the final selection of submitted papers and panels, the conference will comprise the following streams (as well as any other aspects of social policy in an Open Stream):

1:      Social Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis
2:      Welfare States & Welfare Regimes
3:      Social Security & Social Justice
4:      Governance, Democracy & Participation
5:      Migration, Social Rights & Citizenship Stratification
6:      Population & Demographic Change
7:      Health & Human Well-being
8:      Economic & Social Inequalities
9:      Poverty & Social Inclusion
10:    Education & Vocational Training
11:    Ageing & Gerontechnology
12:    Labour Markets & Employment
13:    Housing & Urbanisation
14:    Gender Inequality & Work-Family Reconciliation
15:    Sustainability, Environmental Management & Social Security

Those wishing to present a paper should submit an abstract of between 200 and 300 words. Information enclosed with any abstract should include:stream number, title of paper; author name(s); affiliation(s); and email address of one corresponding author.

Those wishing to organise a panel should submit apanel proposal. Information enclosed with any panel proposal should include:title of panel; objective of panel (between 200 and 300 words); names and affiliations of all panel organiser(s) and participating members; along with abstracts of three or four papers (between 200 and 300 words each); an e-mail address of one corresponding panel organiser.

In order to assist the organisers to arrange the best possible conference, all those submitting either a paper abstract or panel proposal are asked to indicate whether their intention is to attend the conference in person or remotely. People will be allowed to change their preference later, but an early indication of the balance between the two forms of attendance will assist the organisers to make appropriate arrangements and set the conference fee.

Submissions for the17thannualEASP conference should be sent to easp2021hk@gmail.com. Submissions for theFISS 2020 Conference should be sent to fiss2021hk@gmail.com.The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 5 March 2020.
The FISS Best Paper Prize of 300 Euros will be awarded by a selection committee from the FISS Board of Governors and the winning paper will be published inThe Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. The author(s) will also receive two years free subscription to the journal.

Important dates:
Submission of abstracts and panel proposals: 5 March 2020
Notification of applicants: 31 March 2020
Early booking & registration will start from 1 April 2020

Further details about the conference programme and venue will be announced shortly. For any queries, please contact stefankuehner@LU.edu.hk or Julie.Janssens@uantwerpen.be.

The East Asian Social Policy Research Network (http://welfareasia.org) is a regional association for facilitating research exchange among social policy analysts and providing a forum and network of communication for the development of social policy in East Asia and beyond.

The Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (http://fiss-socialsecurity.org/) is an independent, non-profit association that aims to promote international, multidisciplinary research on social security, including its relationships with other aspects of society (such as the labour market, unemployment, poverty, income redistribution, savings, housing, the family, health and well-being).



June 24th-26th, 2021
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice -Online Event

Dear colleague,

The organizing committee of the 
Transforming care 2021 conference now invites you to submit your abstract to one or more of our Thematic Panels, see attachment with Call for Papers.

Please find more information and submit your abstract here: http://www.transforming-care.net/conference-2021-venice/presentation/

Call for Papers is open until Jan 31th, 2021.

The Transforming Care Conference series focuses on early child education and care, care for adults with disabilities and long-term care for older people. Four main dimensions of transforming care are addressed in the conference through parallel Thematic Panels and Symposia sessions, while a fifth dimension refer to policies and practices during the corona pandemic:

·        Changes in the institutional setting of care systems and in care policy
·        The impact and dilemmas of social and policy innovation in care services
·        Changes in intergenerational care arrangements and informal care
·        Transformations affecting care workers and their working conditions
·        Care policies and practices during the Corona pandemic: difficulty in crisis management, social and political impacts, prospects for the future.

The 2021 conference  will have the overall theme of: Time in Care: The Temporality of Care Policy and Practices. In addition to the Thematic Panels, which are open for abstract submission, we have Symposia where identified speakers will present state-of-the-art of a particular and topical theme and research. Our three esteemed keynote speakers will be addressing the conference theme of changing priorities from each their research perspective:

Professor Margarita Estevez-Abe, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, US:LTC System and Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons from the COVID19

Professor Peter Moss, UCL Institute of Education, University College London:Time for a change – rethinking time in education and care policy and practice

Due to the current pandemic, the Conference will be held online. The online format will allow us to contribute to the containment of the pandemic and to environmental sustainability, and to lower participation fees. Alongside keynotes and paper presentations and discussions, there will be opportunities for networking and sociability.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in June 2021!

For the steering committee, Barbara Da Roit

For questions or information about the conference: tcc2021@unive.it


Call for contributions


Global Dynamics of Social Policy series - Call for Proposals

Lorraine Frisina Doetter, Delia González de Reufels, Kerstin Martens and Marianne Ulriksen

This series welcomes studies on the waves, ruptures and transformative periods of welfare state expansion and retrenchment globally, that is, across nation states and the world as well as across history since the inception of the modern Western welfare state in the nineteenth century. It takes a comprehensive and globalized perspective on social policy, and the approach will help to locate and explain episodes of retrenchment, austerity, and tendencies toward dewelfarization in particular countries, policy areas and/or social risk-groups by reference to prior, simultaneous or anticipated episodes of expansion or contraction in other countries, areas, and risks. One of the aims of this series is to address the different constellations that emerge between political and economic actors including international and intergovernmental organizations, political actors and bodies, and business enterprises. A better understanding of these dynamics improves the reader’s grasp of social policy making, social policy outputs and ultimately the outcomes of social policy.


Proposals can be sent to the series editors, or Palgrave editor Sharla Plant sharla.plant@palgrave.com.



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