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Historical Demography

Chair (s) 
Martin Dribe (Lund University)
Lisa Dillon (Université de Montréal)
Hao Dong (Peking University)
J. David Hacker (University of Minnesota)
Lionel Kesztenbaum (Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED))
Ana Scott (Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP))
Sarah Walters (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM))
Council Liaison 
France Meslé (Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED))
IUSSP Secretariat 
Paul Monet (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP))
Terms of Reference: 

The aim of the panel is to bring together research in historical demography from across the world. Historically, the IUSSP panel on historical demography has been a very important meeting place for historical demographers outside the main demography/social science history meetings, and it has also been instrumental for reaching out to other areas of demography interested in a long-term perspective on population issues. The Panel aims to continue this effort by focusing on both classical issues and new areas. 


In addition, given the very interesting technological developments taking place in machine reading of text sources, which could revolutionize historical demography by enabling massive digitization of printed and written sources, the Panel aims to organize a workshop where research groups working in this area would be invited to present the state of the art to interested researchers and data base providers working with population data.



International Seminar: Demographic Processes and Socioeconomic Reproduction in the Long Run (postponed)

Paris, France, 27-28 August 2020

International Seminar: Looking backward, looking forward: African demography in long-term perspective. (postponed)

Nairobi, Kenya 2-3 April 2020

International Seminar on Kinship and Reproduction in Past Societies

Minneapolis (Minnesota), United States, 22-23 August 2019


Workshop on Automated Registration of Historical Population Registers: New Prospects and Possibilities

Lund, Sweden, 14 February 2019


Forthcoming planned seminars:

5. Migration in the past: patterns, causes, consequences, and implications for the present.