ESHD 2016 Call for Papers & Sessions


Biennial meeting

European Society of Historical Demography

21-24 September 2016, Leuven, Belgium

New Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2016



With this call, we would like to invite researchers to propose individual papers or complete session proposals (four papers per session) dedicated to describing the features of historical demographic structures, functions and processes; illuminating the mechanisms underpinning these processes with the most appropriate methods for modelling cross-sectional or longitudinal data; and studying individual behavioral change. The second conference of ESHD will be open to all proposals of a good quality which fall within a broad range of themes covering different historical periods, regardless of study disciplines.


To nourish the proposed theme, innovating historical demography: the world and Europe, participants are encouraged to build bridges between theoretical issues, new methodological approaches and empirical results. Inspiring ideas could include:

· Elaboration of the opportunities for and advantages of comparative analysis (e.g. regional, temporal and categorical) based on parallel designs, to study social change;

· Proposals of innovative quantitative and qualitative research methods to promote a better understanding of individual behavior;

·  Development of an agenda for the identification and investigation of the most important substantive questions in the field of historical demography, questions that relate to a number of contemporary issues, such as early life conditions, families and linked lives, kin relations, intergenerational transmission, social mobility, ethnic relations and a global cosmopolitan world. Some important questions and topics are:

o What can historical demography teach us about societal openness, inclusiveness and inequality in opportunities?

o How do economic and climate dynamics and crises shape life courses?

o Migrants in historical societies: political economy and intercultural encounters?

o Reproduction of inequality: a historical tradition or a modern challenge?

o Europe encounters the World: widening perspectives on demographic behavior in the past concerning indigenous and colonial populations;

o The relationship between early life conditions and adult outcomes;

o Solidarity, agency and gender.


We particularly welcome participants who are at the early stages of their research career. We also encourage them to take a full part in the conference, for instance, by chairing parallel sessions.


Instructions for submitting a paper


Submissions are made via the online submission system at . All authors are asked to submit both: a short abstract (max. 250 words) and either an extended abstract (2-4 pages, including tables) or a completed paper by 31 January 2016.


The author making the submission must provide the full names, affiliations, and email addresses of all co-authors for each submission.  At the ESHD 2016 conference only one submission as a first author is allowed; participants may however co-author other papers. Once registration is open, those attending the conference will be able to register individually.


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