Plenary Sessions (New)

ESHD, 21-24 September 2016.

Plenary sessions 

Wednesday 21 September First Plenary Session


Opening lecture.

Infirmerie Room in Infirmerie building

   George Alter

    ICPSR, University of Michigan, USA

     From Data Scarcity to Data Abundance:

    The Role of Demographic Models in Historical Demography



First session (Lessons from the Far East: Japan)

Infirmerie Room in Infirmerie building



    Chair and commentary by Willy Vande Walle

    KU Leuven, Belgium.




  Satomi Kurosu

   Reitaku University, Japan.

   Marriage in Early Modern Japan: Family Strategies and

   Individual Lives



   Noriko Tsuya

   Department of Economics, Keio University, Japan.

   Reproduction in Early Modern Japan: Data, Methods, and




   Ryuichi Kaneko

   National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan

   Historical demography of future or understanding the past via

   population projection



Thursday 22 of September Second Plenary Session


The relevance of contemporary methods for historical demography

Willem Van Croy Room in Convent van Chièvres building


     Chair: Frans Willekens

      Chief Research Coordinator, Max Planck Institute for Demographic

      Research, Germany.



     David de la Croix

     IRES - Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

       The relevance of quantitative economic theory for historical




    Jim Oeppen

     Max-Planck Odense Center, Denmark

    Quantitative Methods for Exploring Population Change:

    perspectives from Epidemiology and Evolutionary Biology

                       applied to Widowhood and Infant Mortality.



    Sebastian Klüsener

    Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany.

    Social Connectedness and Social Change



Friday 23 September Third Plenary Session


Broadening perspectives: The global view.

Willem Van Croy Room in Convent of Chièvres building


   Chair: Jan Kok 

   Radboud University,The Netherlands.




   James Z. Lee

    Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science,Hong Kong          

    University of Science and Technology,China.

    Inequality and Hard Times in the Past: The Eurasian Population and

    Family History Project 1994-2014

                             (Co-authored with Hao DONG - Princeton)



    Ana Silvia Volpi Scott

     University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil

     Historical demography in Brazil: a 50 years history and

     challenges to face



   Sarah Walters

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

     Counting Souls: parish registers for historical demography in Africa




Saturday 24 September 


Closing session – Discussion Panel

Willem Van Croy Room in Convent of Chièvres building


     Chair: Tommy Bengtsson

         Lund University, Sweden.




     Myron Gutmann

      Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science,University of Colorado


      Historical demography in an interdisciplinary era


    Simon Szreter 

     University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    Future studies of fertility decline: the personal is political



   Rebecca Sear

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. 

   Consilience in demography: the costs and benefits of

   an interdisciplinary approach