Call for papers

  Academic Year 2023-24

International conference
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Southern Europe
policy, diplomacy, economy, and institutional transformation, 1950s-1980s
University of Padua, 23-24 May 2024

The Department of Political Science, Juridical and International Studies of the University of Padova (Italy) and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Bergamo (Italy) invite scholars to contribute papers to an interdisciplinary conference exploring the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) in Southern European countries between the 1950s and 1980s.

Our conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines (economics, history, law and political science) with the aim to examine the IMF/WB by focusing on Southern Europe. We want to investigate both evolution of the IMF/WB as institutions and their impact on Southern European states during a critical period that encompassed the post-WWII economic boom, the Cold War, the crisis of the Bretton Woods system and the stagflation of the 1970s, the transition from dictatorship to democracy and the deepening of the integration of the international economy. We want to study how strategies for international loans intersected with questions of political governance, economic conditionality and democracy.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short bio to by 10 December 2023. Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2023. If accepted, full papers (8000 words max including footnotes) must be submitted by 5 May 2024. Publishing plans: selected papers will be published in a collective co-edited volume or in special issue in scientific journal. Economy fare travel and hotel costs will be covered by the organizers.

For queries and clarifications, please contact:

Lucia Coppolaro (Università di Padova), Francesco Petrini (Università di Padova), Leonida Tedoldi (Università di Bergamo).

Maria Elena Cavallaro (LUISS), Daniele Caviglia (Kore, Enna), Lucia Coppolaro (Università di Padova), Barbara Curli (Università di Torino), Daniela Felisini (Università Tor Vergata), Sandro Guerrieri (Università La Sapienza), Francesco Petrini (Università di Padova), Leonida Tedoldi (Università di Bergamo).

  Academic Year 2021-22

Call for papers for the International conference on "Globalization in the making China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (1986–2001)" - 25–26 November 2021

Lucia Coppolaro & Francesco Petrini
Department of Political Science, Law and Political Studies of the University of Padova

DEADLINE: May 30,2021

Please submit proposals of up to 500 words along with your CV to or .
The final decision will be sent out within a month of the submission deadline at the latest.

Selected authors will be invited to present draft papers (5000 words) at the workshop scheduled for 25–26 November 2021 to be hosted at the Department of Political Science, Law, and Political Studies of the University of Padova. We currently envision a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual participation options for attendees. We are prepared to transition to a fully virtual event if required.
Funding will be available to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the selected participants.