Family, Class and Inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe

Date: October 28-29, 2021
Online conference

Three decades of transition to capitalism and liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe have reshaped the everyday life of the region’s families. Research has documented new patterns in family demography, gender and intergenerational relationships, practices and discourses on parenthood, and trends in family policies as well as the growing complexity of family. Yet, the class-based divisions in the family life remain sparsely covered in the scientific discourse within the region. The conference aims at bringing together scholars who examine various domains of family life through the lens of class and inequalities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Time to Prepare!

Our online conference is approaching.  We are completing our final preparation and you probably as well. Please find below some important information.

       √  Check out the latest version of the program.

       √  The online platform of the conference is MS Teams. You will receive the link to the conference sessions.

       √  Each presentation is scheduled for around 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for the Q&A.

Browse the program and the book of abstracts!

We are also very happy to announce the titles of the two keynotes:

Juho Härkönen will talk about “Stratification in Separation: A Review of the Evidence from Risk and Vulnerability Perspective” on Thursday, October 28th, at 10 am (CET+1).

Juho Härkönen is Professor of Sociology, Dean of Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies at the European University Institute. His research interests focus on family dynamics, social stratification, and health.

For more information, please visit his website.

Dalia Leinarte will talk about “Eastern and Central Europe: The Future of Gender Equality” on Friday, October 29th, at 9 am (CET+1).

Dalia Leinartė is a historian, she is Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and Professor at Vytautas Magnus University. Dalia is current member of the United Nations Committee of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She is the former chair of the CEDAW.

For more information, please visit her website.

Participation in the conference is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Please fill out the registration form.

Organizers: Vytautas Magnus University and Social Research Center, Kaunas, Lithuania

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