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“Individualisation, Internationalisation and Family Policy” – Call for papers, RC06 Seminar in Dublin, August 2015

“Individualisation, Internationalisation and Family Policy” is an international seminar co-hosted by the School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin and the Research Committee on Family Research (RC06) of the International Sociological Association. The seminar will take place between Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd August 2015 in the purpose built, and state of the art building known as the Quinn School of Business, on the UCD Belfield campus.

Increased opportunities for individuals to exercise autonomy across the life cycle are transforming family life for parents and children and for single people without children. Individualisation also brings a new sense of agency for individuals within a plurality of family forms and therefore presents new challenges for demographic and family policy makers. This new sense of agency and family pluralism is allied to a decline in patriarchy, increased access to contraception and to changing patterns of fertility and demographic change. This seminar recognises the role of epistemic communities of research scholars in contributing to the development of knowledge about the nature of family pluralism and to support family policy transfers across the European Union and between advanced and emerging welfare states and welfare systems within and beyond the OECD. The seminar theme encompasses a wide range of potential research topics on families from sociological, demographic, historical, psychological and educational perspectives.

On behalf of the ISA Family Research Committee and the School of Applied Social Science, the seminar organizing committee cordially invites scholars from the disciplines of sociology, social policy, gender studies and other interested social scientists to participate in this event. The conference theme encompasses a wide range of potential research topics on families from sociological, demographic, historical, psychological, comparative social policy, gender studies and children’s rights perspectives. The local organizing committee also welcomes other suggestions. Please write to Dr Michael Rush ( or Professor Tony Fahey ( at the school of Applied Social Science, UCD.

If you are interesting in participating please observe the following important dates:

Deadline to submit a (300 word) abstract: Monday, January 12th 2015
Notification of the status of your submission: Monday, February 9th 2015
Registration: from Monday 16th February – Friday 20th March 2015

More information regarding the seminar including events and accommodation will be made available in the coming weeks.

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Call for papers – “Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research” (2015)

Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, an annual series which focuses upon cutting-edge topics in family research around the globe, is seeking manuscript submissions for its 2015 volume. The 2015 volume of CPFR will focus on the theme of ‘Violence and Crime in the Family: Patterns, Causes, and Consequences.’ In virtually all societies, crime is an ever-present problem. Although families are often envisioned as a ‘safe haven,’ criminologists and family researchers have found the familial context to be at the core of many forms of crime and violence. This multidisciplinary volume of CPFR will address topics such as: child abuse and neglect, spousal violence, marital rape, incarceration and parenting, community crime and family well-being, family life and delinquency, intrafamily violence, familial homicide, sexual abuse, parental kidnapping, and familicide.

The 2015 volume with be coedited by Sheila Royo Maxwell of Michigan State University and Sampson Lee Blair of The State University of New York (Buffalo).

Manuscripts should be submitted directly to the editors ( and, preferably in MS WORD format. Manuscripts should not exceed 40 double-spaced pages (not including tables, figures, and references). Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in CPFR. Manuscripts should adhere to the APA format. Manuscripts should represent previously unpublished work. An abstract of 150-200 words should be included at the beginning of each manuscript. All manuscripts will undergo peer review.

The deadline for initial submissions is January 20, 2015. Any questions may be directed to the editors at and