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Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

The first wokshop, Institutions and widowhood in Europe (December 8th, 2014, Bordeaux) allowed researchers’metting of different horizons (historians, historians of law, sociologists, political analysts). They gave their point of view on how widowhood was taken into account by public and private institutions in the European societies from the 19th century to our days. This workshop highlighted the institutions’ historical diversity and the current societal issues. This second workshop wants to analyse widowhood impact on families because widowhood is still an important demographic phenomenon (for example in France, in 2013, there are more than 4000000 people in widowhood (3000000 widows) and nearly 550000 orphans (according to Fondation OCIRP).

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Argument

The first wokshop, Institutions and widowhood in Europe (December 8th, 2014, Bordeaux) allowed researchers’metting of different horizons (historians, historians of law, sociologists, political analysts). They gave their point of view on how widowhood was taken into account by public and private institutions in the European societies from the 19th century to our days. This workshop highlighted the institutions’ historical diversity and the current societal issues.

This second workshop wants to analyse widowhood impact on families because widowhood is still an important demographic phenomenon (for example in France, in 2013, there are more than  4 000 000 people in widowhood (3000 000 widows) and nearly 550 000 orphans (according to Fondation OCIRP). 

The term “family” is understood here as a set of people having family relationships : blood relationships or alliance. This definition allows to think family according to the numerous forms which it was able to take during the last two centuries in the differents European countries. The widowhood is not envisaged in its strictly legal definition : it includes for example surviving spouses, married or not. In the same way, family includes all the generations (grandsparents to the children) but also all the others members as brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins…) 

The death of one members of the family upsets the internal functioning of the family. Widowhood involves numerous practices at the social level. What are the conventions surrounding this marital status? To what extent did individuals, confronted with needs and diverse desires, respect them, resist them and/or develop them ? In this new family context, what place is granted to the widower or to the widow by the others members of the family? How these others members of the family are requested by the widow or the widower to deal with this new situation? What are the power relations in the family?

This workshop is the second of a cycle of three on Widows, widowers and widowhoods in Europe in the contemporary period (for more details on the general project : http://www.labex-ehne.fr/2014/04/22/journees-detude-appel-a-communication-veuves-veufs-et-veuvages-en-europe-a-lepoque-contemporaine-19e-21e-siecles/).

Main themes

Three sub-themes will guide the paper proposals :

  • The traditions and the laws surrounding widowhood (Funeral rites, conventions of mourning, place of the orphans)
  • The social realities of widowhood (Remarriage, private asset management, request of the children, spiritual steps, psychological routes)...
  • The cultural representations of widowhood (Comparison of the representations of the widowers and the widows in the arts and the literature, the place and the perception of the children with the parents widowers...) 

A particular attention will be granted to the proposals including an analysis on the relationship between parents and children or the place of orphans in the family reconfiguration. 

The proposals must give an analysis on an European country other than France or a compared analysis. They should also include a gender dimension.

Steering committee

  • Peggy Bette (CERHIO, Rennes 2)
  • Christel Chaineaud (CAHD, Bordeaux)

Scientific committee

  • Peggy Bette (CERHIO, université Rennes 2)
  • Christel Chaineaud (CAHD, université Bordeaux)
  • Martine Cocaud (CERHIO, université Rennes 2)
  • Magali Della Sudda (centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po-Bordeaux)
  • Françoise Leborgne-Uguen (université de Bretagne occidentale-Brest)
  • Yannick Marec (GRHIS, université Rouen)
  • Simone Pennec (université de Bretagne occidentale-Brest)
  • Paulette Robic (IEMN-IAE, université Nantes)
  • Bruno Valat (centre universitaire Jean-François Champollion-FRAMESPA- université Toulouse 2)
  • David G. Troyansky (Brooklyn College et le Graduate Center, City University of New York )
  • Olivier Vernier (ERMES, université Nice-Sophia Antipolis)
  • Fabrice Virgili (IRICE, université Paris 1). 

Dates and places of workshops

Day 2 : Families toward Widowhood: Standards, Practices and representations, on Monday, october 5th 2015, Rennes

Forms of the proposals of communication 

text from 2 to 3000 signs in French or in English with name, university or institution. The text must include sources and methods.

Deadline of submission

in june 8th, 2015

Thanks for sending your proposal of communication to veuvages.europe@gmail.com

Places

  • Université Rennes 2
    Rennes, France (35)

Date(s)

  • Monday, June 08, 2015

Keywords

  • veuvage, orphelinage, Europe, genre

Contact(s)

  • europe veuvage
    courriel : veuvages [dot] europe [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Bette Peggy
    courriel : veuvages [dot] europe [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Les familles face au veuvage en Europe (XIXe-XXI siècle) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, https://calenda.org/322483

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