SSCIP 11th Annual International Conference,
Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria
20-22 September 2018

The conference aims to bring together scholars across multiple disciplines, in particular archaeology, physical and cultural anthropology. The first day of the conference will address the theme ‘Pregnancy, birth, early infancy and childhood: life’s greatest transitions in the past’. The second day is open to further aspects of recent research into children and childhood in the past.

The themed session emerges from the ERC project ‘The Value of mothers to society: responses to motherhood and child rearing practices in prehistoric Europe’ hosted by the Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and is jointly organised with the Department of Anthropology of the Natural History Museum.

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Past SSCIP events and sponsorships

SSCIP biannual lecture

“Excavating Literature for Signs of Childness”

Dr Farah Mendlesohn

Wednesday, 25th October 2017, 3-5pm

Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

Award winning social historian and science fiction/fantasy writer Professor Farah Mendelsohn will present recent research. This is a free event, but booking is essential.

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For further enquiries please contact Kirsty Squires (


Maternitas in Classical Antiquity

The British School at Rome, 17th May 2018.

Sponsored by the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield University and by the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP).


This conference aims to deepen our historical, archaeological, and anthropological understanding of maternity in the Greek, Roman, and Late Antique periods. Scholars from different disciplines will focus on the maternal body and the validation of women’s physical, social, and gendered experiences of childbearing in the Classical world. Papers explore themes such as conception and pregnancy, fertility and fertility-related cult practices, health risks to mother and baby, childbirth, and mother-infant relationships.

To book your place at this event, you can register via the following website:


Growing up in the Roman Empire: A multidisciplinary approach to Roman childhood

Durham Castle, 19th May 2017 (with The Society for Roman Archaeology)


January 8-9 2016, University of the Phillipines: ‘For the love of Death: Human Osteoarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific’


The full programme of the conference can found here.


30th January 2016, Durham University, UK: ‘Little Lives’.

Registration is now open: for more information go to