International Conference on Family and Fertility
Virtual conference, 3-5 December 2020
This international conference is organized by the IUSSP Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe, in collaboration with the Center for Social Research, Peking University.
Organizing committee: Jim Raymo (Princeton University); Yu Xie (Princeton University); Jia Yu (Peking University)
The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe organized a conference on Family and Fertility on 3-5 December 2020. This online conference was a rescheduling of a cancelled conference that was to be held at Peking University in October. The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Social Research at Peking University, the Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University, and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.
The main conference was preceded by a meeting of the steering committee of the Scientific Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe at which five teams of collaborators presented ongoing research on fertility intentions, intimacy, and the meaning of children in these two low-fertility regions.
The main conference started with an engaging keynote speech by Professor Ron Lesthaeghe (Vrije Universiteit of Brussels) on regional and temporal variation in the prevalence and nature of non-marital cohabitation around the world and what this variation means for our understanding of the second demographic transition. This talk was attended by 244 scholars from around the world. The conference was comprised of three English-language sessions and one session held in Chinese. The English-language sessions included 10 papers that focused on issues related to family formation and low fertility in a wide range of countries, including China, Greece, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. Attendance at each of these three sessions was about 100. Attendance at the Chinese-language session (open to the public) was 5,000.
Conference Programme and videos:
Thursday December 3
8:00-11:00 am EST - Closed Panel meeting
Friday December 4
Keynote address by Professor Lesthaeghe - 8:00-9:15 am EST
Session 2 - 9:30-11:00 am EST
Session 3 - Chinese language session: 19:30-24:00 EST
Saturday December 5
Session 4 - 8:00-9:30 am EST
Session 5 - 9:30-11:00 am EST
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