Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part Three: Data, Data Collection and Future Directions

This is the third and final part of our summary of the workshop that took place in Glasgow last autumn. On the second day we turned to the practical matters of how to deal with sources, looking at where we can find data on women’s work and how best to collect, organise and put that data to good use.

The Gender and Work project (GaW) based at Uppsala University in Sweden offered an exciting example of what can be achieved, and a framework for collaborative working in the future. Rosemarie Fiebranz and Maria Ågren gave us a demonstration of the database that forms the core of the project. GaW’s verb-orientated method focuses on tasks, gleaning verb-phrases that describe work from a variety of court and other records in early modern Sweden. Continue reading “Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part Three: Data, Data Collection and Future Directions”

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Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part Two: Conceptual Foundations for Comparison

We mentioned in the first post that this website is partly the result of a workshop held at the University of Glasgow on the 11th and 12th of September this year called Women’s Work Across Time and Place: Foundations for Comparison in Pre-Census Europe. Last time we presented a summary of the first thematic section of the workshop, and today we turn to the second: conceptual foundations for comparison. This is the starting point for constructing new and better narratives about work, gender and the early modern economy. The first panel of the day focused on definitions of work, formal/informal labour, commerce and space. Continue reading “Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part Two: Conceptual Foundations for Comparison”

Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part One: Upsetting Macro-narratives

This blog is the result of a workshop held at the University of Glasgow on the 11th and 12th of September 2014 called Women’s Work Across Time and Place: Foundations for Comparison in Pre-Census Europe. Our aim is to provide a space where conversations that were started at that workshop can be continued, where we can share sources and ideas with each other as well as with other interested people, and where definitions of work can be scrutinised and described afresh. Our first posts will report back on that workshop, summarising each session on the themes of upsetting macro-narratives, conceptual foundations for comparison, data collection and future directions. Continue reading “Women’s Work Across Time and Place, Workshop Report Part One: Upsetting Macro-narratives”