New Publication: Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600-1920

9781783271771_11Widows in European Economy and Society, (Boydell and Brewer, 2017)

This excellent new publication offers a fresh assessment of the role of widows in European society, tracing their economic activities across the early modern and modern world. Continue reading “New Publication: Widows in European Economy and Society, 1600-1920”

CfP: Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work, Glasgow 16th-18th May 2018

isaac_claesz-_van_swanenburg_-_het_spinnen_het_scheren_van_de_ketting_en_het_weven1 Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work

University of Glasgow, 16-18 May 2018

Call for Papers

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 be hosted by the Centre for Gender History at the University of Glasgow, and marks the culmination of the activities of an International Network funded by the Leverhulme Trust on ‘Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe’. Bringing together Partners from the Universities of Autonoma de Barcelona, Cambridge, Glasgow, Leiden, Rouen and Uppsala, the Network has been designed to seize a timely opportunity to foster collaborative and comparative research on the multi-lateral character of both women and men’s work; to reconceptualise economic activity; and to reassess the dynamics of economic change. Continue reading “CfP: Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work, Glasgow 16th-18th May 2018”

Leo Gershoy Award Winner 2016: Alexandra Shepard’s Accounting for Oneself:Worth, Status and the Social Order in Early Modern England

97801996007931Alexandra Shepard’s brilliant new book on the social order of early modern England Accounting for Oneself: Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) has been announced as the Leo Gershoy Award winner for 2016.  Accounting for Oneself makes a major new contribution to the scholarship on gender and work through its re-examination of women’s relationship to property, gendered divisions of labour, and  early modern understandings of work. Examining over 13,500 witness statements made in English Church Courts between 1550 and 1728, this book examines how people from across the social spectrum assessed their place in the social order as well as how they supported themselves at different points in the lifecycle. Their testimony bears witness to the profound impact of widening social inequality that opened up a chasm between the middle ranks and the labouring poor between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. Continue reading “Leo Gershoy Award Winner 2016: Alexandra Shepard’s Accounting for Oneself:Worth, Status and the Social Order in Early Modern England”

New Publication: Making a Living, Making a Difference

9780190240615 Making a Living, Making a Difference Gender and Work in Early Modern European Society

Edited by Maria Agren (Oxford University Press, 2016)

This eagerly-awaited publication from the  Gender and Work Project Group at Uppsala University is now available! Written collectively by the project team, it showcases their pioneering work analysing thousands of descriptions of early modern people at work, offering important new perspectives on gender and everyday work in early modern society, including household, unpaid, and hidden labour. Continue reading “New Publication: Making a Living, Making a Difference”

LSE Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)

Department of International History

Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)

This appointment is due to commence on 1 September 2017

 The Department of International History is seeking to make an appointment in the history of gender since c. 1800 with a transnational or comparative perspective.  We are seeking exceptional candidates with outstanding research potential and a developing record of publications in gender history with a transnational or comparative perspective. Continue reading “LSE Assistant Professor in International History (History of Gender)”

CfP: Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World

Announcing a new series from Amsterdam University Press

 Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World



Series Editors: James Daybell (Chair), Plymouth University;Victoria Burke, University of Ottawa; Svante Norrhem, Lund University; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

This series provides a forum for studies that investigate the themes of women and gender in the late medieval and early modern world.  The editors invite proposals for book-length studies of an interdisciplinary nature, including but not exclusively, from the fields of history, literature, art and architectural history, and visual and material culture.  Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. Chronologically, we welcome studies that look at the period between 1400 and 1700, with a focus on Britain, Europe and Global transnational histories. We invite proposals including, but not limited to, the following broad themes: methodologies, theories and meanings of gender; gender, power and political culture; monarchs, courts and power; construction of femininity and masculinities; gift-giving, diplomacy and the politics of exchange; gender and the politics of early modern archives and architectural spaces (court, salons, household); consumption and material culture; objects and gendered power; women’s writing; gendered patronage and power; gendered activities, behaviours, rituals and fashions.


For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at