School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: SHA-5 Semester: 2st
Course Title: The Family in European Historiography
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Seminar (compulsory)
Prerequisite courses: All courses of the first semester
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: After the completion of the seminar, post-graduates are expected to:
    • become acquainted with the thematic that covers the field of the history of the family in European historiography
    • be able to understand the historicity of the forms of organization of kinship and domestic space in Europe
    • have acquired the ability to use the methodological tools of the history of the family in the study of the multiple facets of kinship and domestic life

    General Competences: 
    • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data. Development of research skills
    • Autonomous and team work
    • Production of free and creative thinking
    • Working in an interdisciplinary environment

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The seminar attempts to approach issues posed by recent historical research on the organization of kinship and family as well as on the conditions of the formation domestic space in modern European history. The seminar’s approach connects theoretical debates with case-studies with the aim to illustrate diversities and convergences in the fields of kinship and domesticity. The seminar will examine a variety of themes, such as the multiple shifts in the construction of the Christian model of marriage, the demographic structures of domestic groups, the diversities in the circulations of goods, the emergence of new forms of domesticity and family perceptions.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of websites that contain sources for the history of the family. Use of the Open EClass partform, where students can access bibliographical and other material.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Personal study and participation in the seminar 40
    Oral presentation in thematic units 70
    Essay writing 110
    Course total: 259
    Student performance evaluation: Language of evaluation: Greek
    Methods of evaluation:
    • Participation in the seminar
    • Oral presentation of essays
    • Synthetic final essay writing
    The evaluation criteria are available in the syllabus and accessible in the study programme.


    Suggested bibliography:

    G. Iggers, 1999, Η ιστοριογραφία στον 20ό αιώνα: από την επιστημονική αντικειμενικότητα στην πρόκληση του μεταμοντερνισμού
    P. Burke, 2002, Ιστορία και κοινωνική θεωρία
    P. Burke, 2007(1991), The French Historical Revolution. The Annales School, 1929-1989
    L. Davidoff, M. Doolittle, J. Fink, K. Holden, 1999, The Family Story: Blood, Contract and Intimacy, 1830-1960, 1999
    D. Kertzer and M. Barbagli (επιμ.), 2002, Family life in the long 19th century, 1789-1913, 2002
    Η. Medick – D. W. Sabean (επιμ.), 1984, Interest and Emotion: Essays on the Study of Family and Kinship
    E. Shorter, Σεξουαλικότητα, έρωτας και οικογένεια: Ευρώπη και Β. Αμερική, 17ος-20ός αιώνας
    J. Scott- L.Tilly, 1987, Women, Work and the Family
    K. Lynch, “The Family and the History of the Public Life”, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 24, 2, 1994, 665-684
    Th. Koditschek, ‘The Gendering of the British Working Class”, Gender and History, 9, 2, 1997, 333-363
    Μ. Doolittle, “Close Relations? Bringing together Gender and Family in the English History”, Gender and History, 11, 1999, 542-554
    N. Tadmor, 2001, Family and friends in 18th Century England: Household, Kinship, and Patronage
    R. Perry, 2004, Novel Relations: the transformation of kinship in English literature and culture, 1748-1818
    J. Goody, 1983, The Development of Family and Marriage in Europe
    Fr. Heritier,2005 (1994), Οι δυο αδελφές και η μητέρα τους. Ανθρωπολογία της αιμομιξίας
    G. Duby, 1996(1981), O ιππότης, η γυναίκα και ο ιερέας. Ο γάμος στη φεουδαρχική Ευρώπη
    Ρ. Καυταντζόγλου (επιμ.), 1997, Οικογένειες του παρελθόντος. Μορφές οικιακής οργάνωσης στην Ευρώπη και τα Βαλκάνια.
    P. Bourdieu, 2006(1980), Η αίσθηση της πρακτικής, Βιβλ. ΙΙ, κεφ. 1 και 2
    G. Delille, 1985, Famille et propriété dans le Royaume de Naples (XVe-XIXe siècle)
    G. Delille, 2003, Le maire et le prieur. Pouvoir central et pouvoir local en Méditerranée occidentale (XVe-XVIIIe siècle).
    Ε. Τουντασάκη, Ανθρωπολογικές προσεγγίσεις της συγγένειας κατά τον 20ό αιώνα, 2008 [Μέρος 3ο]

    Related academic journals:

    Journal of Family History
    History of the Family
    Continuity and Change
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
    Anthropology and History
    Journal of Interdisciplinary History
    Past and Present
    Journal of Social History