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Call for Papers

Pre-Call for Abstracts on the Theme of Families and Partnerships


As part of our 10 year celebrations, Understanding Society will be hosting a series of online mini-conferences throughout 2021. Focusing on a specific topic for each conference, these online events will feature plenary speakers, paper sessions, discussions, workshops and training, along with time to network with other researchers. The events will be free to attend and we're looking forward to bringing together researchers world-wide who use Understanding Society data. 

Our first mini-conference will be held from the 22 to 26 March 2021 and has the theme Changing Families. Curated by our Topic Champion for Families, Professor Brienna Perelli-Harris, this week will focus on families and partnerships. The call for abstracts will open at the beginning of December. 

What topics are suitable?

For our Changing Families week, we're looking for papers that focus on family life, generational differences, partnership changes, parent and child relationships, the extended family, fertility, international comparisons and life stages. Depending on submissions, we may include a panel dedicated to family and fertility during Covid-19. Papers need to use data from Understanding Society, the British Household Panel Survey, the UKHLS COVID-19 survey or other household panel studies. Abstracts will need to be submitted by Thursday 14 January. 

Presentations will be oral, with 15-20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions. You have the option to pre-record oral presentations. 

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