ESSHC Leiden 2020 March 18-21.

ESSHC Leiden 2020 March 18-21

Stepfamilies Across Cultures and Religions I & II & III

The triple panels of Stepfamilies Across Cultures and Religions I-III focus on Eastern and Northwestern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula from the 1500s to the mid 1800s to explore the impact of religious and cultural divides on stepfamily dynamics. The sessions study the making of stepfamilies via death or divorce followed by remarriage and the strategies used to connect children to new family units. Using court records, legal sources, egodocuments as well as visual representations we survey connections and disruptions between members of the stepfamily – stepmothers and stepfathers, stepchildren, half- and stepsiblings, and the wider stepkin network – across family types, social classes and ethnic groups. Investigating the social practices surrounding childbirth, marriage and remarriage, conversion and death, which were critical periods turning nuclear families into stepfamilies and vice versa, the sessions seek to generate new insights into how familial ties and conflicts, hierarchical relations and emotional bonds constantly created and recreated ideas about the stepfamily as a very common premodern family form.

Adrienn Szilágyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Searching Stepfamilies in Databases

Almut Bues, German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Dynasty as a Patchwork House or the (evil) Stepmother. The Example of Zofia Jagiellonka

András Péter Szabó, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Family Feud or Stepsibling Rivalry? Reading a court trial from seventeenth-Century Habsburg Hungary

Arpad Toth, University of Miskolc, Hungary, arpad.toth.0124@gmail.comStepchildren in Lutheran burgher families in 18-19th century Pressburg

Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Romanian Academy; PI- ERC-2014-CoG no. 646489–LuxFaSS/ New Europe College, Bucharest. My Children and Your Children: Stepfamilies in the Romanian Principalities (18th century)

Gabriella Erdélyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Stepfamily as Inheritance in Early Modern Hungary

Gila Hadar, University of Haifa, Israel.> : The Sabbatian Family: Between Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Katalin Simon, Budapest City Archive, Hungary, A tale of three cities and five ethnic-religious groups: the family as a process in 18th-century Pest, Buda/Ofen and Óbuda/Altofen

Katarzyna Kosior, Northumbria University, UK. Royal Step-motherhood, Political Motherhood, and Emotion in Early Modern Poland

Laura Olivan, University of Granada, Spain. Politics of Emotions: Habsburg Stepfamily Relations (1648-1683)

Lyndan Warner, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. Stepfamilies in northern France and the southern Low Countries c. 1500s-1600s

Mercedes Llorente, CHAM-FCSH/NOVA-UAç, Portugal, The Image of Early Modern Spanish Habsburg Queens as Stepmothers and their Stepchildren

Mónika Mátay, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Courtroom Dramas, Violence and Broken Families

Marianna Muravyeva, University of Helsinki, Finland. Honour Thy Step-Mother?: Violence in Early Modern Russian Stepfamilies