Abortion, Contraception and Family Building Practices Across the First Demographic Transition: New Views From Europe

Date / time: 10 June, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Abortion, Contraception and Family Building Practices Across the First Demographic Transition: New Views From Europe


An online workshop hosted by The British Society for Population Studies and Newcastle University; co-organised by Eilidh Garrett and Violetta Hionidou.

Those wishing to attend should register with the organisers by emailing violetta.hionidou@newcastle.ac.uk by Monday 6th of June at the latest, providing your email address, full name and affiliation (*see note below).

There is no registration fee.

The codes to allow participants to join the meeting via zoom will be sent out to registered participants in the 48 hours before the meeting.

Provisional Programme (all times BST)


10.00 – 10.15 I Violetta Hionidou

Session 1: Abortion

10.15 – 10.30 | Lucia Pozzi (University of Queensland Australia):

Catholicism, Contraception and Abortion in Italy Between the 19th and the 20th Centuries

10.30 – 10.45 | Yuliya Hilevych (University of Groningen):

Abortion and Infertility in Ukraine Before and After WWII

10.45 – 11.00 | Bartosz Ogórek (Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences):

Abortion in Poland’s Fertility Decline

11.00 – 11.15 | Questions and Comments

11.15 – 11.30 | Break

Session 2: Spacing and Stopping behaviours

11.30 – 11.45 | Martin Dribe (University of Lund):

Social Class, Spacing and Stopping Across the Transition in Sweden, 1830-1960

11.45 – 12.00 | Alice Reid (Cambridge):

Spacing or Stopping in Great Britain in the Years Before 1911?

12.00 – 12.15 | Questions and Comments

12.15 – 12.45 | Break

Session 3: Fertility Behaviour

12.45 – 13.00 | Hilde Bras (University of Groningen):

Low Fertilities in a High Fertility Society in the 19th Century

13.00 – 13.15 | Stephanie Thiehoff (University of Southampton):

Diffusion in the Fertility Transition

13.15 – 13.30 | Tommy Bengtsson (University of Lund):

Economics Affecting Fertility Before the Fertility Decline

13.30 – 13.45 | Cara Delay (College of Charleston, SC):

Fertility and Crisis in Ireland, 1845-1923

13.45 – 14.00 | Questions and Comments

14.00 – 14.15 | Break

Session 4: Discussion

14.15 – 14.30 | Barbara Okun (discussant)

14.30 – 14.45 | Simon Szreter (discussant)

14.45 – 15.00 | Contributions from the floor (led by Violetta Hionidou)

15.00 – 15.15: Review and Conclusions

15.30 | Close

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