The family and household in East and Southeast Europe has increasingly been an object of anthropological and historical research in the last decades. John Hajnal's conclusion that marriage behaviour in Western Europe was principally different from that in the east has had tremendous impact in the historical studies of European marriage. In recent years, criticism of Hajnal's model has intensified, as the model is unable to account for the variations in nuptiality in all parts of Europe. While the research done on family and household west of Hajnal's line has been extensive, less attention has been paid to Eastern Europe. Moreover, most of the research here has been concentrated on rural areas. In order to widen the debate the workshop brings together scholars studying family and household in urban East and Southeast Europe during the 20th century.
The workshop was organised by the Centre for Southeast European History (University of Graz, Austria) and the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Balkan Societies and Cultures (Graz) and took place at the Centre for Southeast European History of the University of Graz.
Siegfried Gruber, University of Graz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gentiana Kera, University of Graz (email@example.com)
Gijs Kessler, International Institute of Social History (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A selection of the papers presented at the workshop has been published in: Kera, Gentiana and Gijs Kessler (eds), History of the Family - Special Issue - "Urban Household and Family in Twentieth Century East and South-East Europe", The History of the Family, 13(2) (2008)
Nataša Mišković (University of Basel, Switzerland):
"Marriage and Household in the Belgrade Elite at the beginning of the 20th century: The Novaković family"
Suzana Ignjatović (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro):
"A life-course approach to young people's family life"
Ulf Brunnbauer (Free University of Berlin, Germany):
"Socialist families in Bulgaria: An Oxymoron?"
Oxana Klimkova (Petrozavodsk State University, Russia):
"The Gulag and the Soviet family"
Sergey Afontsev, Gijs Kessler, Andrei Markevich, Victoria Tyazhelnikova, Timur Valetov (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands):
"Urban Households in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1900-2000. Size, structure and composition"
Ana Gherghel (Laval University, Quebec, Canada):
"The role of support networks in the socioeconomic situation of single-parent families in Romania"
Alexey Pamporov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria:
"Family formation and family patterns in Bulgaria in the end of the 20th century - a case study of Sofia"
Alissa Tolstokorova (University of Economics and Law "KROK", Kiev, Ukraine):
"Tendencies of urban family development in Ukraine: challenges of post-soviet transition in 1990s"
Siegfried Gruber (University of Graz, Austria):
"Household structures in urban Albania 1918"
Andjelka Milić (University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro):
"The revival of extended family in post-socialist Serbia"
Ivana Todorović (University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro):
"Household size and structure of Roma in Petrov Put settlement in New Belgrade. A case study"
Timur Valetov (Moscow State University, Russia):
"Split rural-urban households of peasant migrant workers in Russian industry around 1900"
Dimitrios Dalakoglou (University College London, Great Britain):
"When Household and Family cross boundaries. The case of Albanian Migration"
Gentiana Kera / Enriketa Papa (University of Graz, Austria):
"Marriage in urban Albania (1920s-1930s)"
Elitsa Dimitrova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria):
"The recent marital transition in Bulgaria between historical diversity and pan-European integration"
Gila Hadar (Haifa University, Israel):
"Marriage as a Survival Strategy on the eve of the Deportations to Extermination Camps – Salonika 1941-1943"
Georgeta Nazarska (Specialized Higher School of Library Studies and IT, Sofia, Bulgaria):
"Women's higher education and the pattern of Bulgarian urban family (first half of the 20th century)"
Paulina Bednarz (Berlin Graduate School Of Social Sciences, Germany):
"Innovation and Resistance: Large family mothers struggle for new social pattern"
Jill Massino (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, USA):
"Something old, something new: Marriage patterns and practices in Socialist Braşov"