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CfP: Tracing Social Change - "Family Planning" since the 19th Century

Final Conference of the project "Family planning" in East Central Europe from the 19th Century until the approval of the "pill" by the Herder-Institut.

Social change caused by industrialization and urbanization as well as by cultural and political modernization provoked a re-configuration of family conceptions. The demand to determine the number of offspring became a major political claim of women’s rights movements before it became part of “normality” within family life. “Family planning” as a practice was hence a result of value changes caused by social changes: since then, it developed step-by-step from a significant individual practice to a human right. During social, political, and economic crises and periods of rapid social change, “family planning” has become a target of political attacks, for example as revealed by the new Polish anti-abortion law and discussion about sexual education.


  • Deadline for submitting paper proposals (in English, approx. 300 to 500 words) and short (15-line) biography: March 20, 2021
  • Proposals should be sent to:
  • Notification of acceptance of the paper proposals: April 15, 2021


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