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Chaire Quetelet 2013
Demography revisited
The past 50 years, the coming 50 years

Louvain-la-Neuve, November 12-15, 2013, auditorium Montesquieu 01
Research Centre in Population and Societies, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique    

Chaire Quetelet 2013


Fifty years ago, the world’s population barely exceeded 3 billion people, the average global life expectancy was approximately 50 years, developing countries were experiencing unprecedented population growth, the fertility rate in Europe was still 2.6 children per woman, the contraceptive pill was being introduced, divorce was emerging... and in 1963, the Catholic University of Louvain’s Department of Demography was founded.

Along with other social sciences, demography has changed considerably over 50 years. It has changed as a discipline, with the development of new data sources, tools, theories, policies and problems, and in opening itself up to interdisciplinarity. Populations and demographic behaviour have also changed profoundly. Life expectancy has increased dramatically, the world population exceeds 7 billion people and is increasingly urban, very low fertility has emerged in many countries, migration is accelerating, and the family is in a state of flux. Over the next 50 years, profound and lasting transformations are likely to continue to take place, leading to new stakes and challenges for demographic research and action. Will we all live to be centenarians? Will we all become parents after 40 years of age? How will intergenerational relationships be affected?? Will we be able to migrate freely around the world? What about the relationship between population and economic and social development and health? Will we still need population policies? Who will be the demographers of tomorrow, and what will they do? What tools, what data, and what theories will they use in their work? How will they be trained? Will we even still talk of demography?

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of demography at UCL, the 2013 Quetelet Seminar will focus on changes in the field of demography over the past 50 years and in the coming 50 years. The Seminar will be an opportunity for critical assessment of the tools, themes and paradigms of our discipline by revisiting the recent past, but also to imagine the future realistically and perhaps even utopically.

Presentations will focus on transformations, past or future, within the discipline and to the challenges of demography, focusing on the following topics:

• Theories and paradigms (usefulness, relevance, lack/excess…)
• Demographic science in the social and health sciences (e.g. isolation/integration, strengths/weaknesses…)
• Information systems (censuses, surveys, registers...)
• Tools and methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed)
• Population policies (e.g. usefulness, effectiveness)
• The teaching of demography (what, how, for whom?)
• The long-term evolution of demographic phenomena (errors, uncertainties, reversals...)
• Utopias and illusions in demography.

Instructions for submitting an abstract
Abstracts (2–3 pages) must include the following:
- The title of the proposed paper
- The author’s contact details
- The objectives of the paper and an overview of the context, methods, and data.
It should be submitted by email before 13th June, 2013 to Isabelle Theys (
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 30th June, 2013. 

The completed papers, either in English or French, should be sent before 31st October, 2013. The final version should not exceed 20 single-spaced pages, including tables and references.

Papers will be presented in French or English, without simultaneous translation.

A selection of papers will be published in the Quetelet Journal.

Deadline for submission: 13th May, 2013
Author notification of accepted abstract: June, 2013
Deadline for complete paper: 31st October, 2013
Quetelet Seminar: 12-15 November, 2013

Registration fees
Full: 150 euros
PhD Student: 20 euros
The fees must be paid when sending the registration form or, at the latest, before the opening of the conference, in cash or international money order to bank account no. BE11 310 0959001 48 of the Research Centre in Population and Societies, IBAN : BE11 310095900148, BIC (SWIFT) : BBRUBEBB (mention: CQ2013 compte demo4761).

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Scientific committee Organising committee
Philippe Bocquier (UCL-DEMO) Philippe Bocquier (UCL-DEMO)
Patrick Deboosere (VUB) Patricia Brise (UCL-DEMO)
Thierry Eggerickx (UCL-DEMO) Patrick Deboosere (VUB)
Antoine Pierrard (UCL-DEMO) Thierry Eggerickx (UCL-DEMO)
Bruno Schoumaker (UCL-DEMO), responsable Antoine Pierrard (UCL-DEMO)
Dominique Tabutin (UCL-DEMO) Bruno Schoumaker (UCL-DEMO), responsable
Andrea Verhulst (UCL-DEMO) Dominique Tabutin (UCL-DEMO)
  Isabelle Theys (UCL-DEMO)
  Andrea Verhulst (UCL-DEMO)

Isabelle Theys
Centre de recherche en démographie et sociétés, 
Université catholique de Louvain
1 Place Montesquieu bte L2.08.03
1348-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique
Tel. +32 10 472951,  Fax. +32 10 472952

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