Eleventh seminar meeting on “Household structures in Southeastern Europe” by Siegfried Gruber

The Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History and the Centre of Maritime History of the IMS/FORTH will organise, during the present academic year 2021-22, a second series of seminar meetings on the «Global Economic Ηistory and the History of the Seas», using the zoom platform. We intend to re-examine the spatial and temporal framework of our collective research, in a way that can provide an optimal operational context for the adoption and use of the analytical concepts and interpretative patterns inspired by recent developments in Global History and Thalassology. Our ultimate goal is to create an academic environment with a common understanding of research priorities, fields of study and focal points that will contribute to the renovation and enlargement of the scope of Greek economic history and fully integrated it into the current debates of the international community of global economic historians.

Researchers and collaborating faculty members of the IMS/FORTH took the initiative of organizing this series of seminars but our meetings are open to all, under the constraints imposed by modern telecommunication technology. We are planning to meet monthly, usually every Monday at 16:00 (Greek time). The conferences will be given in Greek or English, according to the composition of the audience. Updated information and any additional material for our projected meetings will be freely provided by the relevant web-page of the Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History of the IMS/FORTH.

You can register in advance to our seminar meetings using the following link.


The seminar meeting will be presented on Monday, January 31, 4 p. m. (GMT+2), by Siegfried Gruber, researcher at the Institute of History/Southeast European History and Anthropology (Universität Gratz, Austria), on the topic of "Household structures in Southeastern Europe".

Household structures are an important part of historical demographic research and have influences on other fields, too: economy, society, social security, gender relations, etc. This presentation will give an overview of the concept of a household and how households can be measured or classified. Major theories and models will be presented as well as a discussion of political and ideological implications connected to them. Distinct Southeastern European patterns are contrasted with other European regions. Results of recent research will be presented and future research envisaged.

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