Family, Kinship, and Historical Data: An International Workshop on Recent Developments in East-Central and Southeast Europe
25th – 26th of August, 2017
During the recent decades, historical and social-anthropological scholarship have witnessed the emergence of several grand debates, that have the potential to shift the paradigms in these fields irrevocably. One of the major coordinates, flowing throughout many discussions, and often remaining inexplicit, is that of the qualitatively different roles played by kinship ties in the institutional, cultural, and political evolution of societies from pre-modern to modern.
At the same time, the spatial turn and the subsequent flourishing of area studies as a self-standing field of enquiry in many centres have led to the coalescence of an increasingly coherent body of scholars dealing with East-Central and Southeast Europe. Fruitful engagement with these historically-different areas, alternatively regarded as ‘fractals’, ‘kaleidoscopes’, and ‘mosaics’, has resulted in a flurry of scholarly publications, panels at major conferences, and exchanges of knowledge in a comparatively-driven setting. This focus on ‘area’ has, however unwittingly, also contributed to the maintenance of the same disciplinary rifts that have been plaguing the field since its conceptualization.
We have envisaged a common meeting ground for scholars wishing to provide answers and, more importantly, ask questions related to the future of this conglomerate field, at the intersection of family history, demography, and area studies. This will take the form of a concentrated series of round-table discussions, focusing on the common themes announced above. It will involve several presentations from recent projects developed in the fields of historical demography and social history at the Centre for Population Studies, which have dealt with these issues. Attendees need not hold formal presentations, but are merely expected to contribute fruitfully to the discussion, in order to establish a common ground from which future research endeavours can emerge.
We therefore invite applications from all these disciplines, from candidates interested in engaging critically with these issues, containing a 2-page CV and a brief letter of intent, conveying to what extent their own research pathways overlap with our own. Applications or further enquiries should be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of June 2017. Decisions will be announced by the end of June. The organizers will cover two nights of accommodation (Friday the 25th of August to Saturday the 26th, respectively Saturday to Sunday the 27th) as well as meals. A limited number of travel grants will be available upon enquiry.
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