The Family: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference

The Family: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 3:30am to Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

The Family: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
6th to 7th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

The family is the oldest and most enduring human institution. We have no choice over the family we are born into, and many of us go on to create and shape a family of our own which may mimic our family of origin or differ from it in startling and substantive ways. Because of the ubiquity of the family in all societies, the lack of one is considered so significant that attempts are made in many societies through law, culture and social policy to provide some form of substitute.

Precisely because of the centrality of the family to human societies, and the role it plays in socialising each subsequent generation and transmitting genetic inheritance, it is of interest to anthropology, sociology, psychology, criminology, family law, politics, history, literature (including biography and autobiography), philosophy, health studies, social work, the natural sciences, psychiatry and all branches of medicine. So we welcome contributions from all of these and other disciplinary areas, in order to set up a set of conversations where we examine the family from every viewpoint possible.

The family is where human needs are first expressed, and across the world and even within societies it comes in many shapes and sizes. This very diversity is often the source of sharp philosophical, political and legal dispute. So much is expected of the family that when lives go wrong, it is often the family of origin which comes under the microscope in the search for causal explanations. Huge claims are made about its capacity to determine whether or not personal needs are met in life, and about the manner in which the individual proceeds through life attempting to reach fulfilment.  This microscopic examination is the inspiration for much literature, drama and artistic endeavour of all kinds.  So we welcome performative contributions of all kinds to our inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conversation.

Contributions are welcomed from practitioners in any area of family policy, and from all the arts and disciplines already mentioned.

What’s so Special About Progressive Connexions Events?
A fresh, friendly, dynamic, format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off powerpoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and round tables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.

A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.

A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.

An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.

An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are history-laden and suited to the event. And to further tickle your appetite for exploration, learning and discovery, our Lisbon 2018 event package includes personalized tours of some of the most relevant historical and cultural sites in the city.

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring together academics, professionals, practitioners, NGO’s, voluntary sector workers, in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, panels, q&a’s, etc.

300 word reviews of your proposed contribution (paper abstracts, proposals for workshops, collaborative works or round tables, overviews of artistic projects or any other relevant forms of participation you are interested in) should be submitted by Friday 11th May 2018.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Advisory Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 25th May 2018.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 7th September 2018.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: The Family Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Organising Chair: Diana Medlicott:

Project Administrator:

Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

For enquiries please email:

For further details and information please go to the conference website:

Sponsored by: Progressive Connexions


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