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’.