Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe

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Professor Alexandra Shepard leads the Network. Alex is Professor of Gender History at the University of Glasgow. She is author of Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2003), and Accounting for Oneself: Worth, Status and the Social Order in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2015), as well as several essays on early modern women’s economic agency. Her current research project is a history of childcare, family and economy in Britain, 1650-1850.

Professor Maria Ågren is professor of history at Uppsala University. She leads the Gender and Work Project (GaW) there and her research interests are situated at the intersection of social history, economic history and legal history in early modern Sweden and elsewhere. She is the author of Domestic Secrets: Women and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857 (UNC Press 2009), as well as two other monographs and several essays on property relations and work.

Professor Anna Bellavitis is professor of modern history at the University of Rouen, and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is co-investigator of the project Garzoni: Apprenticeship, Work, Society (GAWS) which focuses on apprenticeship in early modern Venice. Her research interests span Italian social, urban and gender history, including the history of the family and of work.

Dr Amy Erickson is Lecturer in British Economic and Social History 1500-1750 at the University of Cambridge, and part of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Her research interests include gendered economic, social and legal structures in early modern England, and the history of women's education in the 20th century.

Professor Carmen Sarasúa is Professor of Economic History at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her research interests include the Spanish labour market from the 18th to 20th centuries, the economic working of families, and women's labour force participation and its relation with economic growth.

Dr Ariadne Schmidt is lecturer of Economic and Social History at the University of Leiden. She is currently working on a research project on Crime and gender before the courts in England and the Netherlands, 1600-1800. Her research interests include early modern social and economic history, gender history, labour history, women's work, institutions, family history, urban history, and crime history.

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Dr Catriona Macleod is the Network facilitator. Her research interests include early modern gender, social and economic history. She wrote her PhD thesis on Women, Work and Enterprise in Glasgow, c1740-1830 at the University of Glasgow.

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Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg c.1595 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg c.1595 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons