Research School for Economic and Social History


12 January 2023
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (exact location will follow in due time)

Call for papers: ‘The Quest for a Partner in the Past and Today’ – deadline abstracts 1 October 2022

Organisers Paul Puschmann and Joana Maria Pujadas Mora welcome paper proposals for the Workshop ‘The Quest for a Partner in the Past and Today. Researching Data from Matchmaking Media and Agencies’, to be held on 12 January 2023 at Radboud University Nijmegen. This workshop is made possible by funding from the HiDo Scientific Network for Historical Demography.

Over time the way individuals search for a partner has changed quite drastically and so have partner preferences, partner choice, as well as dating and relationship expectations and practices. The aim of this workshop is to bring scholars from various fields in the humanities and social sciences together that study patterns and shifts in human mating behavior using data from matchmaking media and agencies, such as matrimonial and contact advertisements from (historical) newspapers and magazines, dating and marriage agencies, dating sites, such as and dating apps, like Tinder and Grinder.

The organisers welcome both substantive and methodological papers, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches, and encourage authors to draw comparisons through time and space. The purpose of the workshop is to produce a special issue or an edited volume and to form an international network of researchers, who are working on human mating on the basis of a diversity of interesting sources.

Abstracts should not exceed 1,000 words and can be sent to Paul Puschmann and Joanna Maria Pujadas Mora until 1 October 2022.

Full call (pdf)