Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work
Kelvinhall, Glasgow 16th-18th May 2018
Please register by Sunday 29th April: Invisible Hands.
The programme is available here: Invisible Hands Programme May 2018
The conference will feature a plenary lecture from Prof. Jane Humphries (University of Oxford). It will also co-host the Gender & History annual lecture from Prof. Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee): “Nevertheless She Persisted”: Plucky Women and Patriarchy in the Early Modern Economy.
It is becoming increasingly clear that attending to the relationship between gender and work demands a fundamental reassessment of the very nature of economic performance, rather than the simple addition of women to existing accounts of economic continuity and change. This conference is designed to foster interdisciplinary and comparative discussion of the insights that gender analysis and feminist economics can bring to the history of work, and the relationship of gendered divisions of labour to economic performance more generally.
The conference will bring together scholars from across disciplines to discuss the conceptual foundations for the study of gender and work (broadly and inclusively defined); to establish methodological guidelines for the assessment work in relation to measures of economic performance; and to re-evaluate the meta-narratives that historians have used to approach economic change over time, not least in relation to a preoccupation with growth as the measure of development.