Family History and Demography

The Family History and Demography Network of the Social Science History Association calls for papers for a variety of panels that have been proposed by network members, and for proposals for additional panels.

We especially appreciate receiving entire panels, consisting of four papers, with panel chair and commentator, but also invite proposals for roundtables, book sessions, or single papers. A list of panels that have been proposed in the past appear below.

Proposed Sessions

  • Quality of Record Linkage: Revisiting Methods and Results
  • Large Linkage Projects
  • Bridges Between Databases
  • Machine Learning Methods and Applications
  • Linking Open Data: Merging Variables Across Databases
  • Practicalities to measure fertility
  • Gender Dynamics and Fertility, Historical and Contemporary
  • Lives of adoptees as a disadvantaged group
  • Women and Family Property
  • Single Parent Households
  • Care of Disadvantaged Children
  • Pre-Modern East and Central European Migration, Family and Society
  • World War I and Demography
  • War in Modern Times
  • 1918 Flu and its Demographic Effects
  • Kin Propinquity & Social Networks: Demographic Effects and Methods
  • Drought, Famine and Environmental Shocks
  • Population Politics and its Effects

Please contact the Family/Demography Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance creating a panel, or help with submissions.

Network Representatives


SSHA Town Hall, Monday March 25

The SSHA officers invite SSHA members to attend a Zoom town hall on Monday March 25 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm EST to discuss and answer questions about the four Executive Committee motions passed on December 20, 2023, and February 8, 2024. The zoom link is here (Meeting ID: 895 1708 6578 | Password: 602250).

These motions concern our association journal, Social Science History, specifically editorial procedure guidelines, journal scope and the editor model. These motions have been posted on the SSHA website.

2024 Annual Conference Submissions Now Open

SSHA is now accepting paper and session submissions for the 2024 Annual Conference. Please visit our submission portal to submit a paper or session proposal by March 22, 2024.

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50th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Toronto, ON, Canada, October 31 - November 3, 2024.

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