From today until August I will teach some courses in economic and social history at the University of Groningen.
More than 40 young (historical) demographers participated by giving oral and poster presentations or by attending the workshops by Vlad Popovici and Petr Tureček on how to deal with historical demographic sources and databases. These teaching materials are already on- line so if you were not able to attend, you can still go through them and get some useful advice on histor- ical databases and how to work with R. In addition, Michel Oris, George Alter and Tomas Sobotka each gave very interesting key-notes which provided an excellent overview of why (historical) demographic research matters, particularly when looking at fertility. Overall, it – just like the 10th Conference for Young Demographers – was a great success.
Today was the masterclass with George Alter which I organized. He gave an interesting talk and useful feedback to everyone.
ChiaChi, Xingchen, Lin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, TamKang University, Taiwan, and one of the co-authors of my articles for my PhD. During her visit we could discuss our ongoing research together with Jan Kok and Theo Engelen.
Today was the last day in Taiwan, after a very useful stay to analyze new data from my PhD project on the impact of sibling size and compostion on child mortality during the colonial period in Taiwan. I used it to read some books and reflect on my findings from the mountains with a nice view at the Taipei 101.
Yesterday the special section ‘Siblings and Life Transitions‘ of which I (together with Theo Engelen) was a guest editor for The History of the Family was published. This also includes the introduction I wrote about future of studying sibling effects.
T. Riswick & T. Engelen, ‘Siblings and Life Transitions: Investigating the Resource Dilution Hypothesis across Historical Contexts and Outcomes‘. The History of the Family: An International Quarterly (2018) 521-532.