Chaire Quetelet 2014

Chaire Quetelet 2014 : 40th edition
Fertility, childlessness and the family : A pluri-disciplinary approach

Louvain-la-Neuve, November 5-7, 2014
Research Centre in Population and Societies, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium



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Preliminary Program

Over the last centuries, marriage and the family have undergone dramatic transformations, both in industrialized and less developed countries. Within recent decades, new patterns have emerged, such as blended families or same-sex couples, while divorce rates have increased. During this period, fertility has gone down while voluntary childlessness became more frequent modifying the distribution of family types among economic and social groups. This transformation has been accompanied by deep value changes and modifications of women’s social status and roles in society.

Demographers as well as other social scientists like sociologists and economists are involved in research projects aiming at both providing new insights on the mechanisms that drive these transformations and better understanding social and economic consequences of these changes. In a complementary way, philosophers and lawyers explore the normative assessment of the ethical questions that are raised. Philosphers construct ethical recommendations for population and family policies and tackle the question of optimal population size. Lawyers enforce legal rules about fertility and the family.

The Center for Research in Demography and Societies at Université catholique de Louvain invites researchers from all these disciplines and beyond to the 40th edition of the Quetelet Seminar. The main objective of this seminar aims at presenting the most advanced works on "Fertility, childlessness and the family". The spirit of the seminar will be interdisciplinary ; each session will include presentations of demographers and of other social scientists.

The second afternoon of the seminar (November 06th) will be dedicated to the lauching of an intersciplinary book about "Distance and family, marital and sexual ties : an interdisciplinary approach" that has been coordinated by the CIRFASE. For this lauching, four international experts from demography, sociology and psychology, will discuss the main ideas of the book in the light of their own researchs in this field.

Concerning the other sessions of the seminar, even if not exclusive, we would like to put a special focus on the following topics:  

1. New forms of families

Marriage and parenthood: Does the gap still increase? Which impact on fertility and childlessness?
One parent families: Who are the single mothers/fathers?
What are their economic and social characteristics? Should governments help them? How?
Same sex parents: What do the data tell us? Are societies really afraid of this form of unions? Why?
Childless families: Choice or burden? What are their economic ans social characteristics?
The enlarged family: Evolution of co-residence.
New forms of families : The role of women’s empowerment, alternative forms of living arrangements
Culture, religion and new forms of families.
Fertility, childlessness and family transformations: An historical perspective.

2. Fertility and childlessness: a public policy perspective 

Involuntary childlessness in developing countries: How can public policies help?
Is there still a need for family planning in developing countries? How to rely on measures of undesired fertility?
Childlessness due to first birth postponement: Should public institutions play a role?
Child adoption and child fostering : Organization schemes and well-being of actors

3. Evolution of Union Formation

Features of homogamy and endogamy: Updated results, trends for assortative mating, role of "local marriage markets"
Assortative mating and the evolution of cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and late marriage
Homogamy in times of economic crises
Is homogamy a driving force for value orientation in society?


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 23rd June 2014 ( Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 7th July, 2014.

The completed papers, either in English or French, should be sent before 20th October, 2014.

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: 23rd June, 2014 
Author notification of accepted abstract: 7th July, 2014
Deadline for complete paper: 20th October, 2014
Quetelet Seminar: 5-7 November, 2014

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 (communication: Chaire Quetelet 2014 OTP n°4111400079).

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 Scientific Comitee  Local Organizers
 Thomas Baudin (DEMO/UCL), Head organizer  Thomas Baudin (DEMO/UCL), Head organizer
 Françoise Bartiaux (DEMOUCL)  Patricia Brise (DEMO/UCL)
 Philippe Bocquier (DEMO/UCL)  Isabelle Theys (DEMO/UCL)
 Sandra Brée (DEMO/UCL)  
 David de la Croix (IRES/UCL)  
 Patrick Deboosere (VUB)  
 Paula Gobbi (Paris School of Economics)  
 Axel Gosseries (Chair Hoover/UCL)  
 Sabine Henry (SGOG/UNamur)  
 Laura Merla (CIRFASE/UCL)  
 Malgorzata Mikucka (DEMO/UCL)  
 Ester Rizzi (DEMO/UCL)  
 Quentin Schoonvaere (DEMO/UCL)  
 Bruno Schoumaker (DEMO/UCL  
 Jan Van Bavel (KUL)  


| contact : Isabelle Theys | 24/10/2014 |