Almost exactly thirty years ago, Joan W. Scott, in a widely cited article, advocated the use of gender as a tool of historical analysis. Since then, many studies have used gender to consider the past. However, rather than developing new theories of gender that describe early modern contexts, historians often either avoid theory entirely or use gender theories which derive from particularly modern, political contexts. This book revisits the concept of gender within European History, 1400-1800. In the interest of cross-fertilization between gender and history, a selection of chapters proposes to engage with major nodes and concepts within gender theories and European history. This volume integrates contemporary theories of gender while also interrogating their relevance and their challenges when applied to different spaces and time spans. Finally, it highlights how medieval and early modern historians have contributed to strengthen, develop and theorize further the concept of gender, and what possibilities remain.
This project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond via a Pro Futura Scientia grant.
What is Human Economy?
Human economy is an innovative interdisciplinary scientific field dedicated to the observation and analysis of people economic needs and experiences. It aims at (1) complementing and enriching the traditional field of economics by offering and promoting new ideas and innovative solutions from other disciplines, (2)voicing the experiences of people and communities, (3) and proposing concrete policy-driven solutions in which research makes a direct impact.
Human economy tackles observations and analysis to some of the most pressing issues, such as indebtedness, gender equality, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and growing inequality; and ultimately proposes innovative ideas and solutions for a fairer economy and society.
The main idea behind human economy is to restore a dialogue between disciplines in order to come together to the best and most adapted solutions and analysis with a focus on communities’ well-being.
Humanities and social sciences research can offer alternative perspectives to traditional economics leading to a broader range of policy-driven solutions.
Human Economy is conceived broadly and the lecture series will be an incubator of innovative ideas.
This project examines the role and participation of women in private credit transactions and credit networks in Sweden and Finland from 1750 to 1850.
It will start in January 2018 and will take place at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Elise M. Dermineur (ed.), Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Europe. Brepols, 2017.
Elise M. Dermineur, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren, Virginia Langum (ed.), Revisiting Gender in European History 1400-1800. Routledge, 2017.» Link
Queens Consort and Their Roles in Early Modern Europe: The Case of Lovisa Ulrika’s in Eighteenth Century Sweden