Call for Papers: the 2016 ISA-RC06 Conference on Family Research

“Social Change and Family Developments” is an international conference co-sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Research Committee on Family Research (RC06) of the International Sociological Association. The conference will take place from May 25th to 28th, 2016 at Institute of Sociology, CASS, Beijing, China. On behalf of both sponsors, the local organizing committee cordially invites family sociologists, demographers and other interested social scientists to participate in this event.

Plenary sessions on family changes around the globe are planned and noted international family scholars will be invited to deliver keynote speeches. Parallel sessions will allow up to 60-70 oral presentations, in addition to several concurrent poster sessions, for the conference.

The conference theme encompasses a wide range of potential research topics on the families from sociological, demographic, economic, psychological and educational perspectives. To list several possible session titles:


– Changing family structures and family relations

– Changing marriage patterns in East Asia

– Family and migration

– Family transitions and well-being for children and adults

– Aging families: grandparenthood, elderly care

– Family values: ideational shifts on family change

– Balancing work and family in the global age

– Family influences on educational and occupational attainment

– Intergenerational relations

– Comparative family studies

– Emerging youth issues on the transition to adulthood

– Institutional impacts on the family and policy responses to family changes


The local organizing committee also welcomes other suggestions. Please write to Zhao Kebin (, Deputy Director of Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


If you’re interested to participate, please observe the following timetable:

Deadline to submit an abstract: January 31st, 2016

Notification of the status of your submission: February 29th, 2016

Due date for the full paper: May 15th, 2016


(Please send your abstract to Dr. Yu Jia: )

More specific information regarding the logistics will be posted on the conference website after November 2015: