5th International Congress

Families and social processes in Iberian America, 16th-21st centuries. Actuality and research challenges

19th-20th of July 2021
Organizing Institutions: Centro de História da Universidade de Lisboa, Universidad de Murcia, Câmara Municipal de Odivelas, Universidad de Extremadura, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha,  Universidad de León, Universidad del País Vasco, Asociación de Demografia Histórica.

The Congress

19th-20th July, 2021

The Network Red de Estudios de Familia de Murcia (REFMUR) is a project promoted by the University of Murcia and the Seneca Foundation. It was created with the intent to foster debate and discussion towards a better understanding on Family. Families are one of the most universal, complex and pertinent historical subject and, at the same time, crucial for the study of Spanish society, not only regarding its traditional features, but also in accordance to its changing character and capacity to innovate.

REFMUR was established in order to contribute to the achievement of three important goals:

a) Progress of the scientific knowledge on society and family;

b) Explanation of social organization and social dynamics;

c) Creation of proposals for public policies regarding the subject of family.

After the announcement of the postponement of the 5th REFMUR International Congress due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and once the problems and all the necessary steps to carry out the said meeting have been solved, we announced that the Congress will take place entirely online on the 19th and 20th of July 2021, which implies a readjustment of the program. However, all invited sessions and conferences, as well as the opening and closing remarks of the congress, will remain the same.

The “Declaration of Lisbon” was written to propel our initiative, as well as consolidate it in the immediate future.

Continuing to promote an international collaboration with other institutions, particularly Portuguese, in July 2021 REFMUR will count on the participation of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the Municipality of Odivelas in the organization of the Congress.

Therefore, the 5th REFMUR International Congress. Families and social processes in Iberoamerica, 16th-21st centuries. Actuality and research challenges of the Red de Estudios de Familia de Murcia (REFMUR) will take place online on the 19th and 20th of July 2021. This event is the result of a collaboration between the Centre for History of the University of Lisbon, the University of Murcia, the Odivelas City Hall, the University of Extremadura, the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the University of León, the University of the Basque Country, and the Historical Demography Association (ADEH).

Click below for more information about the call for papers and the congress registration.


Call for Papers

Proposals must be sent in Portuguese, Spanish or English, following in thematic lines and sessions of the congress, until April 30th, 2021, to the following email address:

Submissions must include:

  • Title​

  • Abstract (maximum of 250 words)

  • Short curriculum vitae/bio blurb

  • Email and institutional affiliation

Once received, the proposals will be evaluated by the members of the Scientific Committee and, if accepted, will be included in collective panels.

Each presentation should have 15 to 20 minutes.


Thematic Lines and Programme

Programme | 19th of July

|Opening Conference

| Keynote Lectures

  1. Understanding social change. Historiographical categories and the construction of the narrative;

  2. Regional studies. Families in a comparative perspective: social inequalities and citizenship.

  3. From local to global. Changes and continuities: kinship, affiliation and family networks.


| Panels

   a) Sociodemographic problems

The statistical and representative study of the whole population or group, sector or social class takes a substantial and explanatory part of the situations of impulse, crisis or of the distinct historical conjunctures. To consider this factor while comprehending, understanding and explaining the themes of subsections A1 and A2, is not only necessary, but also indispensable. To sum it up in a sentence: the quantitative and the social merge in a single explanation.  


A.1.-Migrations, access to marriage and ageing

A.2.- Community, individualism and life cycle



    b) Families, public policies and care

The policy of care and public attention towards the most disadvantaged, unprotected and traditionally marginalized members of society is one of the historical and social revindications that signal a clear difference between historical periods. The superior interest of the minor, politics of gender and dependency and the gradual consolidation of civil rights constitute a major part of the interest of this colloquium. Thus, families, individuals and community are the three axis that articulate, precisely, “Families, public policies and care” in this session.

B.1.-Childhood and Youth

B.2.-Gender policies


   c) Families, identities and representations

Consumption, new standards and legitimizing sociocultural practices are prominent factors of social changes. On the other hand, the construction of a specific identity is a complex process in which intervene religious, cultural, civilizational and symbolic factors. Essentially, the purpose of this session is to study the forms of representation of the aforementioned identities, highlighting their relations with family bonds, ties of friendship and of vicinity, as well as their embodiment in social networks.


C.1.-Influence of cultural and civilization processes

C.2.-Relationship bonds and social networks


Programme | 20th of July

|9.30H: Presentation book IV REFMUR Congress

|10.00H: Keynote lecture: Families and Labour Relations. Gender and conciliation

|11.00H: Break

Live transmission from the Monastery of São Dinis of Odivelas

|11.30h: Presentation of research projects by young researchers

|12.10h: Congress conclusions

|13h00: Lunch Break

|14.30h.: Closing Conference

|15.10h: Presentation of project CMO and Virtual Tour of the Monastery

*Nota: The Keynote Speakers names will be released soon.

Timetable and Registration Fees



Submission deadline​

April 30th, 2021


Notification of acceptance

June 1st, 2021



June 10th, 2021


July  10th, 2021


Scientific and Organizing Comittees

Scientific Comittee

Carlos BACELLAR (U. São Paulo)


José Pablo BLANCO CARRASCO (U. Extremadura)

Dora CELTON (U. Córdoba)

Francisco CHACÓN JIMÉNEZ (U. Múrcia)

Ricardo CICERCHIA (U. Buenos Aires)

Máximo García FERNÁNDEZ (U. de Valladolid)

Gabriel GALLEGO MONTES (U. Caldas)

Francisco GARCÍA GONZÁLEZ (U. Castilla-La Mancha)

Mónica GHIRARDI (U. Córdoba)

Jesús Manuel GONZÁLEZ BELTRÁN (U. Cádis)


José María IMÍZCOZ (U. País Basco)

Antonio IRIGOYEN (U. Múrcia)

Pilar MORAD (U. Cartagena)

Cecilia RUSTOYBURU (U. Mar del Plata)

Ana Silvia Volpi SCOTT (U. Campinas)

Organizing Comittee

José Damião RODRIGUES (U. Lisboa)

Francisco CHACÓN JIMÉNEZ (U. Múrcia)

Ricardo CICERCHIA (U. Buenos Aires) 


Antonio IRIGOYEN (U. Múrcia)

Cecilia RUSTOYBURU (U. Mar del Plata)

Elisa FAUTH (U. Lisboa)

Sónia BORGES (U. Lisboa)

Filipe Marques FERNANDES (U. Lisboa)

André TEIXEIRA (U. Lisboa)


Francisco CHACÓN JIMÉNEZ (U. Murcia)

Ricardo CICERCHIA (U. Buenos Aires)

José Damião RODRIGUES (U. Lisboa)

Cecilia RUSTOYBURU (U. Mar del Plata)

Keynote Speakers

*Will be announced soon.


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