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Call for papers: Conference „Intermarriage throughout History”, 5-8 June 2013, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

- International Commission of Historical Demography
- Centre for Population Studies at ”Babeş-Bolyai” University Cluj
- Center for Transylvanian Studies at Romanian Academy Cluj
- Romanian Society of Historical Demography
- CEPHn – Central Europe Population History network

Intermarriages (or mixed marriages) have taken place since the beginning of time. As people explored and traveled, both men and women would fall in love with natives and either stay or take the partners back home with them. The term mixed marriage also describe the marriage of a couple who has different cultural, ethnic, religious or national heritages or backgrounds.
The research of mixed marriages was inspired by the idea that diversity of customs and cultures has been, for centuries, one of the world’s assets. The ethnic and religious tolerance and peaceful cohabitation have been, at least for the last decades, the guarantee for an open society and consideration for cultural diversity. On the other hand, there are many examples in Europe where the application of this generous principle was confronted with serious difficulties, such as the integration of migrants coming from areas culturally opposed to those of the host-country. It is also (as) true that in areas such as former Yugoslavia or Northern Ireland the high ratio of mixed marriages did not prevent civil wars.
Different cultures endure vastly diverse moral, ethical and value foundations that influence their perceptions of individual, family and societal lifestyle. Mixed marriages do not connect only two individuals, but also the groups to which they belong. Mixed marriages act as a connecting element within a society and their existence has the potential to reduce the probability of violent conflicts among different ethnic groups and to increase the social cohesion of the society. When among the members of different groups there are many marital relations, there are also other social contacts among them: children from different groups have the opportunity to meet each other in school, in the neighbourhood, in leisure activities.
Mixed marriages form a link between these groups and often connect the social networks of the two spouses, and new contacts and interpersonal relationships could appear, passing the group boundaries.
It would be interesting and useful, in this context, to find an answer to the question whether intermarriage lowers the salience of cultural distinctions for new generations, and to find out if the descendents of such marriages identify themselves with only one group, or with both of them.
Another challenging question researchers are invited to answer is whether through mixed marriage people might lose their negative attitudes they have toward other groups. Although personal interactions can sometimes lead to conflicts, accentuating the economic and cultural differences, when the relationship is intimate, the interaction might give people the possibility to understand individual variety among members of a group, and, by doing this, they might reduce their prejudices and stereotypes.

The panels and the papers of the conference could take into consideration topics as follows, regarding various times and places:
· The impact of various historical events on the evolution of mixed marriages ; This would cover the influences of the major ideologies on mixed marriages; Organizer: Prof. dr. Ioan Bolovan,
· The elements concerning mixed marriages in the secular and religious laws. This would cover the laic and ecleziastical legislation in historical perspective Organizer: Prof. dr. Ioan Chirilă
· The analysis of mixed marriage in the collective mentality (reflected in the newspapers, literature, memoirs and ethnographic sources) Organizers: Dr. Daniela Mârza and Dr. Marius Eppel,;
· The quantitative dimension of the mixed marriages; finding explanations for the different levels of the extent of mixed marriages. Organizers: Dr. Mihaela Hărăguş and Dr. Bogdan Crăciun,
· The explicative mechanisms of mixed marriages; This would cover the different factors (social, economic, cultural, family background) involved in a mixed marriage and their balance. Organizer: Prof. dr. Traian Rotariu,
· The demographic behavior of mixed couples (prenuptial pregnancies, fertility, infant mortality). Do they follow the patterns of the father’s group, of the mother’s group or do they reflect a more individualistic lifestyle, precisely because the couple already has put itself outside group mechanisms? Organizer: Prof. dr. Jan Kok,
· Jews and Christians – marital exchanges and anti-Semitism in 19th century Europe. Organizer: Prof. dr. Peter Teibenbacher,
· Mixed families without marriage. This would cover "families" of servants (when not able to marry or not even allowed for legal reasons) and families of slaves under colonial regimes, and also of couples in a union which is not recognized by the state (or the official Church) or the community. This topic is related to "illegitimacy" and has consequences on family transmission system, since children born in these unions have to face a lot of problems. Organizer: Prof. dr. Antoinette Fauve Chamoux,
· Inside mixed marriages. The problems of children. The state, the Churches and the families had different aproaches concerning childrens born inside mixed marriages. This panel aims to analyze the lives of these children, the mixture of elements coming from outside family and their impact on the children’s life. Organizer: Dr. Luminita Dumănescu,

Any other topic you might consider appropriate will be welcomed. We welcome proposals for papers and panels coming from young and established scholars working in history, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, law or religious studies. You are also invited to propose panels on such topics.
Paper proposals should include the title of the presentation, a brief abstract of up to 500 words, a short c.v., and the contact information of the presenter. Please send your proposal both to the panel organizers and at the
The official language of the conference will be English.
Scientific Committee
Prof. dr. Kees Mandemakers (The Netherlands)
Prof. dr. Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux (France)
Prof. dr. Ioan Bolovan (Romania)
Prof. dr. Mary Louise Nagata (USA)
Prof. dr. Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga (France)
Prof. dr. Claudia Contente (Spain)
Prof. dr. Futoshi Kinoshita (Japan)
Prof. dr. Ofelia Rey Castelao (Spain)
Prof. dr. Peter Teibenbacher (Austria)
Dr. Mikolaj Szoltysek (Germany)
Dr. Mohamed Saleh (USA)
Prof. dr. Ravindran Gopinath (India)
Prof. dr. Jan Kok (The Netherlands)
Organising Committee
Prof. dr. Ioan Aurel Pop Rector of the „Babes-Bolyai” University
Prof. dr. Ioan Chirilă President of the Senate of the „Babes-Bolyai”
Prof. dr. Traian Rotariu Director of the Center for Population Studies
of the „Babes-Bolyai” University
Prof. dr. Ioan Bolovan Vice-rector of the „Babes-Bolyai” University
Dr. Luminiţa Dumănescu
Dr.Mihaela Hărăguş
Dr.Daniela Mârza
Dr.Marius Eppel
Dr. Bogdan Crăciun bogdanacademia
Dates and deadlines
1 May 2012 Start of panel proposals submission
30 June 2012 Deadline for panel proposals submission
15 July 2012 Notification of panels acceptance
20 July 2012 Start of paper proposals submission
30 November 2012 Deadline for paper proposals submission
31 December 2012 Notification of paper acceptance
30 April 2013 Deadline for early registration
Registration fees:
- early registration, 01.01.2013-30.04.2013, 175 euro
- standard registration, payment at location, 200 euro
The registration fee includes:
- participation to the Welcome Reception
- cocktail
- conference materials
- refreshments during the conference (coffee breaks)
- 2 lunches
- excursion
The organisers will negotiate special rates for this event. Select your hotel and make your booking online.
Please note that your booking will be sent DIRECTLY to the hotel of your choice. In fact, this way you make your booking directly with the hotel.
10 grants will be available for Ph.D. students or/and young researchers - for more information contact Ioan Bolovan ( and/or Luminiţa Dumănescu (
For further information please visit the conference website:
Conference schedule
5 June
12,00 – 19,00 registration
19,00 – 20,00 Opening ceremony
20,00 – 21,30 Welcome reception
6 June
9,00 – 11,00 Panels
11,00 – 11,30 coffee break
11,30 – 13,30 Panels
13, 30 – 14,45 Lunch
15,00 – 17,00 Panels
17,00 – 17,30 coffee break
17,30 – 19,30 Panels
20,00 – 22,00 Cocktail
7 June
9,00 – 11,00 Panels
11,00 – 11,30 coffee break
11,30 – 13,30 Panels
13, 30 – 14,45 Lunch
15,00 – 17,00 Panels
17,00 – 17,30 coffee break
17,30 – 19,30 Panels
8 June
10,00 – 18,00 Trip to the Apuseni Mountains (including wine taste)

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