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.
At the very start of this spring semester, we talked to Maria Ågren, Professor of History and one of the three Gender and Work project leaders, about GaW’s activities last semester and her ambition to go on creating a pleasant atmosphere in academia by organizing as well as participating in several conferences throughout this spring semester. Also, she just had her new book published! Let us hear some words from her.
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.