ESFR is an interdisciplinary scientific association for European research on families and family relations. Its purpose is to serve as a network, to support and to link family research as well as to exchange its results. It has been established as a federation of family researchers and of family research institutes within Europe in the first place, but ESFR also welcomes researchers and institutes outside of Europe as affiliates.

Call for papers: 8th ESFR Conferece 31st Aug - 3rd Sept, 2016, in Dortmund, Germany

on dinsdag, 02 juni 2015.

 Call for Papers

8th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) 


Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations

August 31 - September 3, 2016

TU Dortmund University, Germany


More information:

Megatrends like globalization, increasing migration, the neo-liberal
transformation of labor, individualization and pluralization as well as demographic ageing profoundly influence families today. The relations between family members, generations and genders undergo profound changes.

The 8th ESFR congress provides a forum for family researchers from different backgrounds and at all career stages to discuss their latest research projects with an interdisciplinary and international audience. We invite anthropological, demographic, economic, educational, gerontological, political, legal, methodological, psychological, social work and sociological perspectives on families. Presentations focusing on the links between macro level change and family life, intergenerational and gender relations over time and across countries are especially welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Dieter Ferring (University of Luxemburg), Professor Gunhild Hagestad (NOVA, Norway), Professor Helma Lutz (Goethe University Frankfurt; Germany), Professor Tina Miller (Oxford Brookes University, UK) and Professor Eric Widmer (University of Geneva, Switzerland).

Presentations will encompass a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Life course, ageing and intergenerational relations
  • Family relations and migration
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Couple relationship
  • Work and family life
  • Care and welfare policies
  • Parenthood and family formation
  • Children and childhood
  • Family conflicts and domestic violence
  • Family law and policy
  • Family and inequality
  • Pluralization of family forms

Important dates:

Deadline for symposia proposals: December 31, 2015

Deadline for oral presentations: February 14, 2016

Deadline for poster presentations: April 15, 2016


More information and the platform for submissions can be found at:




Family Science - New Editors

on woensdag, 03 juni 2015.

Family Science  is the official journal of the European Society on Family Relations, and promotes the development of Family Science within Europe and around the globe. Given the multiplicity of factors that impact on the family, the journal publishes original research, theoretical, methodological and review papers that address issues pertinent to the family, and reflect a diverse array of methodologies. Research syntheses on key topics about the family across various countries is included in order to expand cross-national understanding, collaboration and applications.

Editor: Dominik Schöbi -  University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Co-Editor: Eric Widmer - University of Geneva, Switzerland
For more information, visit journal homepage  of FAMILY SCIENCE (at Taylor&Francis)

The 7th Congress of ESFR

on donderdag, 07 november 2013.

The 7th Congress of ESFR will take place September 3-6th Madrid, Spain.