CfP: Facing the Challenge of Bias in History





Bias is a fundamental problem encountered by historians studying all time periods, using all methods, and at all stages of their career. The conveners of a one-day workshop on Facing the Challenge of Bias in History, to be held on Sunday 15th May 2016 at the University of Cambridge, therefore invite papers from historians in all sub-disciplines. Whether your work has confronted selection bias, bias inherent in a source, researcher bias, or any other form of bias, we would like to hear from you. By bringing together researchers from disparate areas of history, who might never usually come across each other’s work, we hope to explore a common problem and to collectively discuss ways of confronting this problem. Continue reading “CfP: Facing the Challenge of Bias in History”

The Swedish Gender and Work Database (GaW) now open to everyone

We are pleased to announce that the Gender and Work project at the Department of History, Uppsala University, has now made its unique database available online. On the new website you will find not only useful information about the project, its methodology, sources and results; you can also search the database yourself. Only a few clicks away is a corpus of more than 500,000 words of digitised source text from the late sixteenth to the late eighteenth century.



The texts have been selected because they bear witness to early modern working life. They can, however, be used for many other questions that historians might want to ask, not least with respect to everyday life in general. Each observation is merely a fragment of the past, but the quantity of fragments and the structure of the dataset will allow researchers to ask new questions and to draw new conclusions.

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CfP: Early Modern Works by and about Women: Genre and Method

Early Modern Works by and about Women: Genre and Method Nov 4-6 2016


This interdisciplinary workshop aims to bring together scholars working on one or both of the following:


  • Questions concerned with the methods of women writing in the Renaissance and Early Modern period, and of men writing pro-woman works at the same time: the use of argument, evidence, literary, theological and philosophical authority, exempla, rhetorical devices, intellectual exchange, and methodological approaches (e.g. skeptical, on the basis of natural philosophy, fantastical).
  • Questions concerned with the genre that women chose for their work and that men chose for articulating pro-woman positions, whether poetry, polemical treatise, dialogue, or epistolary forms.

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Workshop on Apprenticeship in Early Modern Europe: One Institution or Many?

Researchers at LSE and Utrecht are co-organsising a workshop on 3rd-4th July on apprenticeship in early modern Europe. It will bring together a group of researchers with case studies looking at different systems and developments in a range of countries and cities, from Madrid to Finland, with the aim of allowing us to think comparatively about the institution of apprenticeship.

Today, we have a unique opportunity to begin the rigorous, comparative study of pre-modern European apprenticeship. On the one hand, an unprecedented number of researchers are using new methods and sources to uncover the varied, and often surprising ways in which apprenticeship actually worked in different parts of Europe. On the other, the consequences of apprenticeship are being debated in a number of major aspects of European economic and social history, notably in connection to the economic effects of guilds and the role of human capital in industrialization.  Continue reading “Workshop on Apprenticeship in Early Modern Europe: One Institution or Many?”