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Conference: Challenging Norms and Narrations. Family Planning and Social Change in Europe (Herder-Institut Marburg, January 27-28)

Final Conference of the project “Family planning” in East Central Europe from the 19th Century until the approval of the “pill”

January 27-28, 2022.

Keynote: Isabel Heinemann (Münster): Family Planning, Reproductive Decision-Making und Health Feminism

Thursday, January 27th

11 am Elisa-Maria Hiemer, Heidi Hein-Kircher, Denisa Nešt’áková: Welcome and Introduction

11.15 am Keynote: Isabel Heinemann (Münster): Family Planning, Reproductive Decision-Making und Health Feminism


1.15-2.45 pm Section I: Publicizing the Privacy (Motherhood on the Stage) / Breaking the taboo

Chair: Heidi Hein-Kircher

Anja Titze (Mannheim): The global journey of a legal concept – Fetal Rights and Women`s. Lives in Ireland and Poland

Tryfonas Lemontzoglou (Athens): “Revisiting the “Illegitimacy” Phenomenon: Evidence from the 20th Century Greek Censuses”

Jakub Gałęziowski (Warsaw): Approaches to Survivors of Conflict Related Sexual Violence in Post-War Poland. Discourses in Polish Press: Political, Religious and Medical, 1945–1946

Natalia Shok (Moscow) , Nadezda Beliakova (Nishni Novgorod): Plurality of Family Planning Concepts (Late Sowjet Period)


3.30- 5 pm Section II: (Transcultural) Transitions of Knowledge and Norms

Chair: Elisa-Maria Hiemer

Allison Rodriguez (Hartford, CT) “Mother, think of me”: Women and Mothers in the Upper Silesian Plebiscite Propaganda

Sylwia Kuzma-Markowska (Warsaw): Conflicts and Interdependencies: Family Planning Narratives and Activisms in Interwar Poland

Eva Škorvanková (Bratislava): Family Planning in Slovakia 1939–1945 and its Ideological Influences

Ieva Balčiūnė (Vilnius): Motherhood and Family Planning Issues in the Soviet Lithuanian Magazine for Women “Tarybinė Moteris”

Friday, January 28th


9 – 10.30 am Section III: Challenging “old” Norms: Between Science, Propaganda and Intimacy

Chair: Denisa Nešt’áková

Gábor Koloh (Szeged): Socioeconomic and Cultural Determinants of Family Planning in Southern Transdanubia (Hungary), 19th Century

Dominika Kleinova (Pardubice): She-Wolves and Children of the Night: Birth Control and Family Planning from the Perspective of Prostitutes in the Interwar Czechoslovakia

Fanni Svégel (Budapest): From “Abortion Culture” to Family Planning. The Continuities and Discontinuities of Birth Control Regimes in 20th Century Hungary

Michael Zok (Warsaw): “Love is a Battlefield”. Sexuality, Reproductive Rights, and Partnership as Areas of Conflict in Post-War Poland

10.45 – 11.15 am Concluding Remarks: Chair: Ivana Dobrivojevic Tomić, Agata Ignaciuk (Granada): Concluding Comment

11.15-12.00 am Elisa-Maria Hiemer, Heidi Hein-Kircher, Denisa Nešt’áková: Final Discussion and further proceeding


Webex-Link and full program