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!
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.
Sherlock Holmes, Auguste Dupin, Hercule Poirot—these names may or may not come up when we think of famous detectives, but I’m sure you have never heard of the detective named ‘Micke’ or Carl Mikael Carlsson. He investigates plenty of court cases from the Early modern period, analyzes them, and fills them in the database. Apart from the job he enjoys, he also co-produced a musical based on his doctoral dissertation as a side project. I’m curious now. What does he do with these big computer screens? What are the findings he got from studying ordinary people's lives in the past centuries? What kind of detective creates a musical from their cases? To answer this question, I talk to this detective or, as others put it, historian. Click on the headline or the feature image to read the full interview.