Roger Schofield Memorial Conference

Saturday 12 September

Our annual conference, in collaboration with the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, is organised in memory of Roger Schofield, who directed CAMPOP for 20 years and was instrumental in the foundation of LPSS.

The conference was originally scheduled for 4 April 2020, in Cambridge, but due to the ongoing uncertainty about travel in the coming months, we have decided to hold the conference online (via Zoom) in the afternoon of 12 September 2020.

The speakers have kindly agreed to make a written or presented version of their conference papers available to delegates a week in advance, so that the Zoom conference itself can focus on short presentations and discussion of the impact of Roger’s work.

Everyone is welcome. The online conference will be free to attend, but places are limited and registration is required. Please complete the booking form and send it to Karen Rothery, by email or by post, by 8 September at the latest.

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13.45 – 14.00    Delegates are welcome to log into/join the zoom meeting. The conference will start promptly at 14.00.

14.00 – 14.10     Introduction

14.10 – 14.20    Richard Smith (Cambridge) “Roger Schofield, historian and demographer: an appreciation.”  

14.20 – 14.30    Jim Oeppen (Odense) “Genealogies as a Source for Demographic and Genetic Studies: some estimates of bias.”          

14.30 – 14.40    Simon Szreter (Cambridge) “Early modern family, demography, economy and government policy.”

14.40 – 15.15     Question and Answer session

15.15 – 15.30     Break

15.30 – 15.40    Rosemary Leadbeater (Oxford Brookes) ‘I think it highly necessary to have it done before they go out into the World’; Inoculation, responsibility and patterns of familial transmission of smallpox in the eighteenth century.

15.40 – 15.50     Samantha Williams (Cambridge) “Plague and poor relief in Cambridge, 1665-66”

15.50 – 16.15     Question and Answer session

16.15 – 16.25    David Cressy (Ohio, Claremont Graduate University) “Literacy, Social Structure, and Local Social Dramas”

16.25 – 16.35    David Levine (Toronto) “The Rich Past and Desiccated Future of Parish Register Demography”

16.35 – 16.45    DeLloyd Guth (Manitoba) “Taxation, Writs, and Populations: The One and the Many: Roger Schofield Measures History”

16.45 – 17.20     Question and Answer session

17.20 – 17.30     Concluding remarks

17.30 – 18.30 Conference closes, but please feel free to stay online to remember Roger by exchanging reminiscences and anecdotes with other participants