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Conference announcement:


Children, Mothers and Measuring Fertility: New Perspectives on the Own Child Method

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 18-20 September 2017


A meeting to be co-hosted by the Universities of Cambridge and Essex

at the Geography Department, University of Cambridge 18th-20th September


With generous financial support from the ESRC and the British Society for Population Studies


Deadline for registration: 5 September 2017


Grabill and Cho’s Own Child Method (OCM), for calculating fertility measures from individual level census data or similar sources, has seen something of a resurgence in recent years. Practitioners have been using the method in both historical and present day contexts. At this meeting members of the team from the Universities of Cambridge and Essex who have been working on an ESRC funded project to produce an Atlas of Victorian Fertility will present their findings alongside other scholars with a wealth of experience in the use of OCM. The meeting will be an opportunity to compare and contrast findings, discuss the advantages and pitfalls of the method, and explore the understanding it offers of fertility and fertility related behaviour in a variety of temporal and spatial settings.


Confirmed particpants include: George Alter (Michigan), David Coleman (Oxford), Joe Day (Cambridge), Martin Dribe (Lund), David Hacker (Minnesota), Eilidh Garrett (Essex), Siegfried Gruber (Karl-Franzens-Universität), Hanna Jaadla (Cambridge), Sandra Krapf (Cologne), Michael Levin (Wavefront Data), Steven Lwendo (Wavefront Data), Alice Reid (Cambridge), Francesco Scalone (Bologna), Kevin Schürer (Leicester), Bruno Schoumaker (Université Catholique de Louvain), & Ian Timaeus (LSHTM).


The meeting is an open one, with no registration fee, but as space is limited those intending to attend are asked to book a place by using the form at the link below and returning it to Sophy Arulanantham ( by 5th September 2017 at the latest, please.


Lunch and refreshments will be available on 18th, 19th and 20th at £8 per day, if booked by 5th September. Please indicate your meal requirements on the booking form when booking your place. You are also welcome to join the presenters and organisers for dinner at your own cost on 18th and 19th. Please let us know if you would like to do this.


The booking form can be found at: