Learning from the past
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Looking into the past in order to gain a better understanding of the present and the future: this is the research approach of the Laboratory of Historical Demography. The researchers of the laboratory are engaged in a variety of analytical endeavors, investigating, for example, how family structures have changed over the centuries, how people have lived together in the past and in the present, as well as the causes of rising life expectancy. The data the laboratory works with are often not readily available in digital form, and must instead be gathered with painstaking care from centuries-old registers and dusty archives. Using innovative information technology and computational techniques, the scholars of the laboratory not only pursue their own research interests, but also seek to advance the collection and sharing of population history data across the globe.Detailed description
The Laboratory is member and coordinator of an international initiative called the “Mosaic Project”. The project aims at recovering surviving census records to reconstruct population, economic, and cultural histories.
Urban Demography Network
- Program of the first meeting of the Urban Demography Network (PDF, 58 kB) (17-18 September 2010, Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
- Program of the second meeting of the Urban Demography Network (PDF, 923 kB) (16-17 February 2011, MPIDR, Rostock)
- Program of the third meeting of the Urban Demography Network (PDF, 224 kB) (22-23 June 2011, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Population History Seminar
At the Population History Seminar scientists of different strands of historical-demographic research come together in order to discuss various aspects of the demographic behavior of past populations. Upcoming appointments will be announced in the MPIDR-Calendar .
List of past population history seminars (PDF, 408 kB)