Location: Online

The international workshop “Who Cares? Narratives on Families in Postsocialist Europe” is organized within the framework of COST Action 18119 Who Cares In Europe?, by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Centre for the Study of Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES & FSPUB), University of Bucharest, and the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw.  Please note that the event is closed-door.

It will take place on 24 November 2021 from 9.00 to 13.00 (CET)


9.00 – 9.20 Opening words: Convenors and Laura Lee Downs, COST 18119 vice-chair

9.20 – 9.40 Short introduction by participants

9.40 – 11.00 Session 1

Tatyana Kotzeva, Ana Luleva and Gergana Nenova: Caring for the child, caring for the family – the clash over family policies in Bulgaria 

Ionela Băluță and Claudiu Tufiș: The ‘referendum for family’: political narratives on the traditional family in contemporary Romania

Jelena Ćeriman and Tanja Vuckovic Juros: The (Dis)continuity of care for the family: Actors of narratives on families in contemporary Serbia and Croatia

 11.00 – 11.10 Break

11.10-12.30 Session 2

Anikó Gregor and Ingrid Verebes: Serving the power? The role of scholars in promoting familism during a period of anti-gender politics in Hungary

Soňa G. Lutherová, Radka Šustrová, Ľubica Voľanská: Family of Return or Evolution? The Search for the Traditional Family in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Małgorzata Sikorska and Joanna Wawrzyniak: The clash of family narratives in Poland:  family benefits, restrictive abortion law and LGBTQ+ rights as political turning points in the years 2015-2020

Maren Hachmeister: Concepts of family and aging in post-1989 East Germany

12.30-13.00 General round of final comments



  • Adriana Zaharijević (University of Belgrade)
  • Anca Dohotariu (University of Bucharest)
  • Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)


  •  Ionela Băluță (University of Bucharest)
  • Jelena Ćeriman (University of Belgrade)
  • Anikó Gregor (ELTE University)
  • Maren Hachmeister (TU Dresden)
  • Tatyana Kotzeva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Ana Luleva (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Soňa G. Lutherová (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
  • Gergana Nenova (Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski)
  • Małgorzata Sikorska (University of Warsaw)
  • Radka Šustrová (University of Cambridge and Charles University in Prague)
  • Claudiu D. Tufiș (University of Bucharest)
  • Ingrid Verebes (ELTE University)
  • Ľubica Voľanská (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
  • Tanja Vuckovic Juros (University of Zagreb)

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