CFP: Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family: Health sciences and welfare on families in Southeastern Europe (1945-1989)

We would like to draw your attention to the call for papers for the workshop Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family: Health sciences and welfare on families in Southeastern Europe (1945-1989) which will take place at the École Française in Athens on September 8, 2023.

Conference abstract

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”. 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.

The workshop aspires to enrich and nuance our understanding of post-war visions of and approaches to the family through an original geographical and analytical lens. On the one hand, it will chart new research on the countries of the post-war Southeastern Europe (Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Turkey), which are understudied in comparison to Western European countries, and which are rarely examined together, owing to their different political systems and social policies. On the other hand, through the concept of health, a notion that was broadened in the post-war period to encompass not only the physical and mental, but also the social, the workshop embarks on a combined exploration of medical and social sciences, along with welfare professions, in shaping discourses and undertaking action on families.


Practical information:

  • Please address your queries and send your proposal (300-word abstract, along with a one-page cv) to Despo Kritsotaki (despo.kritsotaki@gmail.com) and Nicolas Henckes (nicolas.henckes@cnrs.fr).
  • Submission of proposals by 4 June 2023. Notification of acceptance: 19 June 2023.
  • Funding opportunities will be provided for a limited number of participants from the EHESS or members of the COST Action “Who Cares in Europe”. In addition, there will be the option of online participation, as the workshop will be hosted in a hybrid format.

The workshop is organized within the convention between the École Française d’ Athènes and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and is supported by the COST Action “Who Cares in Europe”.

For more information, please see the attached PDF.