CFP: Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800

Paper proposals are invited for the conference Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 30-31 May 2019.

This is a comparative conference to understand the stepfamily in its various forms across Asia, Europe and its colonies, and across world faiths. Themes include historical demography, stepfamilies through widowhood and in cultures with divorce, inheritance and the position of children from 1st, 2nd or 3rd marriage beds, half-siblings, stepsiblings, extramarital children, domestic arrangements, laws, emotions, folk tales, visual sources.

For more information on themes and updates see our conference blog website:

Potential contributors are welcome to contact us prior to submission to discuss possible topics, themes, and regions.  Some papers may be further developed and eventually published in the speciai issue of a journal subject to blind peer review.

We invite abstracts by 30 September 2018 including contact information, title, up to 500 words, and short author profile.

Contact Info: 
  • Gabriella Erdélyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Momentum  “Intregating Families” Research Group
  • Lyndan Warner, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
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