“The life we live today is not the has-to-be life,” said Jonas Lindström, one of the research leaders of the Gender and Work project. After the talk with Jonas, this sentence kind of made me sit still and think through the hopeful sentiments of historical studies. I often think about why I’m drawn to history, but I’ve never come across this down-to-earth aspect, that history can assist us in coping with our daily life. During our conversation, he also talks about the past, the present, and the future of Gender and Work, the project he has been participating for almost ten years. See how he looks at it in this interview.
Most people understand that literacy can be a major source of socio-political power in the present time, and it is noticeable that literacy is often studied by social scientists. But what about historians? Which aspects do they look at when they study literacy? Christoffer Åhlman, a Ph.D. student working in the Gender and Work project at the Department of History, Uppsala University, looks at the interconnection of literacy, women, education, and marriage in the early modern social context. Read on to dive with Christoffer.
On November 16, 2017, at the department of history, Dag Lindström (Uppsala University), Göran Tagesson (Arkeologena SHMM), and Per Cornell (Göteborgs University) presented their research project “Hus och hushåll i tidigmoderna städer: Sverige, 1600-1850” which combines and integrates archeology and history, and questions how the construction of houses in each stage and the use of space reveal family history and people’s living conditions before 1850. Thank you all for participating in the seminar!
How do historians and economic historians define words like, for instance, work, household, marriage, mistresses, and professionalism? What are the connections between work, social status, and social power? How do we distinguish between inner and outer management? What was the importance of networks and social connections? Why did people stay together in the household? What brought them together in the first place? These are only some of the fundamental yet perplexing questions that are often discussed by academics and historians. In the workshop organized by the Gender and Work project on November 2, 2017, the researchers from Sweden and Finland enthusiastically approached these questions through their current research projects, tackled many grand narratives about early modern people’s working life, and shed light on the concept of ‘work’ and the concept of ‘gender’.
Gender and Work project leader Maria Ågren and language technologist Eva Pettersson were invited to ‘Time-Us’ conference in Aix-en-Provence on 20th and 21st October, 2017. They presented the GaW project to a group of French scholars who are starting up a similar project. The conference was organized by Manuela Martini of Université Lumière in Lyon, who is in the picture with Ågren, and Anne Montenach of Université Aix-Marseille. Thank you very much for inviting us!