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Appel à communication – Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family

Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family: Health Sciences and Welfare on Families in Southeastern Europe (1945 -1989)

Place: École Française d’Athènes, Athens
Date: 8 September 2023
Deadline for submission: 04/06/2023

At the end of the Second World War families all over Europe faced harsh realities: missing, killed, and injured members, loss of home and recourses, dislocation and separation. At the same time, “the family” was recognized as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society […] entitled to protection by society and the State”. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16, 1946).It was placed at the foreground of a series of discourses and practices aiming at reconstructing Europe, and at guarantying its economic, political and social stability and progress. In a nutshell, the rebuilding and development of post-war societies went through the rebuilding of families, which was often envisioned as reform or even as “modernization” of the family. Subsequently, over the course of the second half of the twentieth century, political, economic and cultural changes had varied and profound effects on families and the notion of “the family”. These developments can be fruitfully explored from the perspective of health sciences and welfare interventions.

More specifically, we are interested in the following research questions:

Which medical sciences were claiming expertise on the family after the Second World War? Did they include specialties beyond pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry and child psychiatry? Which ones were newcomers and which had been already established during the interwar period? Did their approaches change in the course of the twentieth century?

  • To what extent welfare agents and workers (experts and volunteers) cooperated with health scientists and/or adopted and furthered discourses and practices on health in their work with families? Can we discern a trend of “psychosocial welfare”, namely an approach binding social welfare with interventions on relationships within the family and, more specifically, on mental and emotional health? Did the “psy” become central in understanding and working with families, as it has been argued for countries of Western Europe?
  • What was the role of professionals, such as nurses, social workers and therapists, but also of social scientists, in the health schemes around families? Special emphasis is placed on social work, which although not a science, drew heavily on sciences, both the social (mainly sociology) and the “psy” sciences (psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis), thus proving a useful case study.


Please address your queries and send your proposal (300-word abstract, along with and a one-page cv) to Despo Kritsotaki (despo.kritsotaki[at] and Nicolas Henckes nicolas.henckes[at]

Submission of proposals by 4.6.2023.
Notification of acceptance: 19.6.2023.

Veuillez adresser vos questions et envoyer votre proposition (résumé de 300 mots, accompagné d’un CV d’une page) à Despo Kritsotaki (despo.kritsotaki[at] et Nicolas Henckes (nicolas.henckes[at]

Soumission des propositions avant le 4.6.2023.
Notification d’acceptation : 19.6.2023.

Appel à articles, Annales de Démographie Historique – “Familles orthodoxes”

Date de soumission : 20 février 2020

(English below)

La revue Annales de Démographie Historique lance un appel à articles sur le thème « démographie et familles orthodoxes ». Le dossier est coordonné par Fabrice Boudjaaba (CNRS), Evguenia Bournova (Athènes), Constanta Vintila-Ghitulescu (Bucarest) et Olga Katsiardi (Athènes). La date limite pour la soumission des propositions d’articles est fixée au 20 février 2020. Les articles sélectionnés devront être remis pour le 1er décembre 2020 et seront publiés dans le numéro 2021-2.

Démographie et familles orthodoxes

L’histoire de la famille et la démographie historique connaissent depuis quelques années un fort renouvellement de leurs problématiques et de leurs méthodes. Délaissant la voie classique des analyses des formes de co-résidence ou celles des principaux indicateurs démographiques (fécondité, mortalité etc.), cette discipline s’intéresse de plus en plus à des aspects tels que l’analyse des parcours de vie, les liens familiaux au-delà du cadre de la corésidence, la force des liens spirituels, le poids de la religion dans les comportements familiaux et/ou démographiques. Pour autant, cette nouvelle histoire de la famille reste une histoire encore largement centrée sur l’Europe de l’Ouest (ADH 2015-1).

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