ESHD Webinar series

Seminars of the European Society of Historical Demography

Population and Family History 2024

Tuesday at 3 pm Central European Time

27 February 2024

Speaker: Gabriele Ruiu (University of Sassari, Italy)

Title: The diffusion of kindergartens in Italy at the end of the 19th Century

Discussant: Luminita Dumanescu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, the Netherlands)


26 March 2024

Speaker: Bogdan Mateescu (Romanian
Academy, Romania)

Title: Beyond the traditional “father and class”:The Study of Romanian Rural
Households in Historical Times: An Emerging Field in Historical Demography

Discussant: Siegfried Gruber
(University of Graz)

Host: Crinela Holom (Babeș-Bolyai
University, Romania)


23 April 2024

Speaker: Jeanne Cilliers (Lund University,

Title: Fertility responses to shortterm economic stress: Price and wealth shocks in a pretransitional settler colony

Discussant: Yuliya Hilevych (Groningen
University, the Netherlands)

Host: Lionel Kesztenbaum (INED, France)


Population and Family History 2023

Tuesday at 3 pm Central European Time

28 February 2023

Speaker: SvennErik Mamelund (Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

Title: Indigenous peoples and pandemics

Discussant: Kaspar Staub (University of Zurich,Switzerland)

Host: Mathias Mølbak Ingholt (Roskilde University,Denmark)


28 March 2023

Speaker: Gabriel Brea Martinez (Lund University, Sweden).

Title: Beyond the traditional “father and class”: Long term social mobility in Catalonia (15701880) and Southern Sweden (19472015)

Discussant: Lionel Kesztenbaum (INED,France)

Host: Michel Oris (University of Geneva,Switzerland)


25 April 2023

Speaker: Cameron Campbell (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China)

Title: The Demography of the Qing Civil Service

Discussant: Jan Kok (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, the Netherlands)


23 May 2023

Speaker: Matthias RosenbaumFeldbrügge (Radboud University, the Netherlands)

Title: The Historical Database of Suriname and Curacao: Enhancing our Knowledge of Colonial Demography and Slavery

Discussant: Barbara Revuelta Eugercios (Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet), Denmark)

Host: Elisabeth Mjaaland (University of Cambridge, UK)


27 June 2023

Speaker: Sandra Bree (French National Centre for Scientific Research,France)

Title: In and out of the couple in interwar Paris

Discussant: Glenn Sandström (Umeå University.Sweden)

Host: Hideko Matsuo (KU Leuven)


26 September 2023

Speakers: Martin Dribe (Lund University, Sweden)

Title: Were all the good men married? Investigating the marriage premium in Sweden, 19472015

Discussant: Neil Cummins (London School of Economics,England)

Host: Irina Troitskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State University)


24 October 2023

Speaker: Hannaliis Jaadla (Cambridge University, England)

Title: Subnational mortality patterns in Great Britain

Discussant: Michail Raftakis (University of Sassari, Italy)

Host: Mads Perner (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


21 November 2023

Speaker: Joana Maria Pujades (University Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Title: Constructing The Barcelona Historical Marriage Database and the Baix Llobregat Demographic Database

Discussant: Rick Mourits (International Institute for Social History, the Netherlands)

HostLuciana Quaranta (Lund University, Sweden)


12 December 2023

Speaker: Francisco J. Marco-Gracia (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain).

Title: Do educated people live longer? Evaluating the historical relationship between human capital and longevity in rural Spain (19th-21st centuries)

Discussant: Crinela Holom (University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Host: Joris Kok (International Institute for Social History, the Netherlands)



Population and Family History 2022

Tuesday at 3 pm Central European Time

18 January 2022

Speaker: Leandro Prados de la Escosura (University Carlos III, Madrid)

Title: Well-Being beyond GDP: What Data on Life Expectancy Show

Discussant: Guido Alfani (Bocconi University, Milan)

Host: Diego Ramiro Fariñas (Spanish Research Council, Madrid)


15 February 2022

Speaker: Daniel Ramírez Smith (CSIC, Madrid, Spain).

Title: The Long Arm of Conflict: How Exposure to War During Critical Windows Shapes Prevalence and Age of Onset of Chronic Diseases

Discussant: Lambert Lumey (Columbia University)

Host: Diego Ramiro Fariñas (Spanish Research Council, Madrid)


22 March 2022

Speaker: Paulo Teodoro de Matos (University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal)

Title: Widowhood and remarriage in the Azores in the 18-19th centuries

Discussant: Paul Puschmann (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Host: Hideko Matsuo (University of Leuven, Belgium)


12 April 2022

Speaker: Albert Esteve Palós (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Title: Long-term trends in intergenerational coresidence in Spain

Discussant: Mikolaj Szoltysek (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute)

Host: Diego Ramiro Fariñas (Spanish Research Council, Madrid)


17 May 2022

Speaker: Isabelle Devos (Gent University, Belgium)

Title: War, Peace and Epidemics: the Spanish flu in Belgium, 1918-19

Discussant: Svenn-Erik Mamelund (Oslo Met, Norway)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)


14 June 2022

Speakers: Michael Raftakis (University of Sassari, Italy)

Title: Maternal mortality in Greece and Italy

Discussant: Francesco Scalone (University of Bologna, Italy)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)


20 September 2022

Speaker: Nicolas Todd (CNRS, France)

Title: Environmental factors of fertility in the 18th century

Discussant: Sebastian Kluesener (Federal Institute for Population Research, Wiebaden, Germany)

Host: Mikolaj Szoltysek (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute)


18 October 2022 (For Technical Reasons this video is not available)

Speaker: Ciara Breathnach (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Title: Verdicts from the city coroner’s court, and registered cause of death: Dublin c1900-1902

Discussant: Lucia Pozzi (University of Sassari, Italy)

Host: Chris Dibben (University of Edinburgh, U.K.)


15 November 2022

Speaker: Kaspar Staub (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Title: Learning from the past or forgetting the past? Past and present pandemics and how to prepare for future challenges

Discussant: Maarten van Wijhe (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Host: Michel Oris (University of Geneva)



13 December 2022

Speaker: Grazyna Liczbinska (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)

Title: The short and long-term biological, demographic, and health effects of the cholera epidemic in Poznan in 1866

Discussant: Romola Davenport (Cambridge University, U.K.)

Host: Irina Troitskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)


Population and Family History 2021

Tuesday at 3 pm Central European Time

16 March 2021

Speaker: Tommy Bengtsson (Lund University)

Title: When did the health gradient emerge? Social class and mortality in Southern Sweden, 1813-2015

Discussant: Lionel Kesztenbaum (INED, Paris)

Host: Diego Ramiro Fariñas (Spanish Research Council, Madrid)

13 April 2021

Speaker: David Hacker (University of Minnesota), with Jonas Helgertz, Matt Nelson and Evan Roberts

Title: The influence of kin availability on the reproductive success of American couples, 1900-1910

Discussant: Kai Pierre Willführ (University of Oldenburg)

Host: Luciana Quaranta (Lund University)

18 May 2021

Speaker: Sarah Rafferty (Cambridge University)

Title: Class or place? A quantitative analysis of child mortality in early twentieth century London

Discussant: Barbara Revuelta Eugercios (University of Copenhagen)

Host: Michel Oris (University of Geneva)

8 June 2021

Speakers: Mikolaj Szoltysek (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute), Francisco Beltran Tapia, Bartosz Ogórek, Siegfried Gruber

Title: Patriarchy, family types and child sex ratios in historical Europe, 1750-1930

Discussant: Jan Kok (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Host: Irina Troitskaya (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

14 September 2021

Speaker: Catherine Guirkinger (University of Namur)

Title: The effect of pro-natalist policies (implemented by catholic missions) on fertility in colonial Congo

Discussant: Sarah Walters (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Host: Mikolaj Szoltysek (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute)

19 October 2021

Speaker: Ingrid K. Van Dijk (Lund University)

Title: The reproductive career and later life survival: Women’s post-reproductive survival in Scania, Sweden, 1813-2015

Discussant: Matteo Manfredini (University of Parma)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

23 November 2021

Speaker: Hilde Bras (Groningen University)

Title: Starting, Spacing, Stopping, or Postponing? Women’s Childbearing Trajectories in Niakhar, Senegal, 1948-present

Discussant: George Alter (University of Michigan)

Host: Tim Riswick (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

14 December 2021

Speaker: Bartosz Ogorek (Pedagogical University of Cracow)

Title: The Fertility Decline in the Interwar Poland

Discussant: Dr Yuliya Hilevych (University of Groningen)

Host: Michel Oris