On January 11 at AkademiHotellet, Uppsala, Gender and Work's project leaders and members attended the first annual meeting of GaW 2 with the scientific advisory board of GaW project including special guests. The meeting was divided into two sessions. The morning session was dedicated to historians; Lars Edgren (Lund University), Ulrika Holgersson (Lund University), and Kirsti Niskanen (Stockholm University) who kindly came to Uppsala to give feedback on the book Making a Living, Making a Difference and implications for post-1800 history. The afternoon session was dedicated to GaW members who presented their work-in-progress.
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’.
On October 11, Gender and Work’s research leaders Maria Ågren, Karin Hassan Jansson, and Jonas Lindström held a presentation at the special seminar “The Gender and Work project: what are the results so far and where are we heading now?” The event was a part of Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar, and it was nicely organized and moderated by Annie Linnéa Mattsson from the Department of Literature at Uppsala University. For those who had missed the event, read on to learn more about the past, the present, and the future of the Gender and Work project from the research leaders and the seminar participants.
The second seminar of the autumn semester took place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Department of History, English Park Campus. Johannes Westberg, the professor of education at Örebro University and author of the book “Funding the Rise of Mass Schooling: The Social, Economic and Cultural History of School Finance in Sweden, 1840–1900,” introduced his essay “How did teachers make a living for themselves? Rural teachers’ livelihood strategies in nineteenth-century Sweden.” Read more about what had been discussed at the seminar by clicking on the headline or the featured photo.