Event

Gender, Labour and Consumption in historical perspective

  • Fri 13 - Sat 14 Sep 19

    10:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Information to follow

  • Event speaker

    Professor Erika Rappaport, University of Santa Barbara and Professor Pamela Cox, University of Essex

  • Event type

    Conferences

  • Event organiser

    History, Department of

  • Contact details

    Professor Peter Gurney

The Department of History are holding a major international conference in September 2019 regarding Gender, Labour and Consumption in historical perspectives.

Over the past four decades or so, gender scholarship has transformed our understanding of many key issues of historical concern. Particularly fruitful have been explorations of consumption in its varied manifestations, undertaken by researchers studying the subject within different disciplines. Labour historians have been slow to address these important developments, though there are signs that the situation is now slowly changing.

This major international conference hosted by the Department of History at the University of Essex aims to begin a conversation between these approaches, in the belief that there are fruitful overlaps of interest between them and that they can learn from each other in productive ways.

We therefore invite papers from scholars working on the interface between histories of gender, labour and consumption, including early career academics and postgraduates, researching in various disciplinary contexts.

Gender, Labour and Consumption in historical perspective

Siegel, A. S., photographer. (1942) Detroit, Michigan. Girl and sales lady examining a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue store following a fashion show presented by the Chrysler Girls' Club of the Chrysler Corporation. Detroit Michigan United States Wayne County, 1942. Spring. [Photograph] Library of Congress.

Themes and topics might include:

  • histories of shopping as work
  • market regulation & moral economies
  • spaces of consumption as sites of labour
  • retailing racism & racialised consumerism
  • consumer organising & gender relations
  • pleasure, consumption & labour
  • masculinities, consumption & labour
  • total war & redefinitions of gender, labour & consumption

Offers of 20-minute presentations, including short abstracts (c.150 words) and CVs from scholars working in different national contexts and periods should be sent to the conference organisers, Professor Peter Gurney and Dr Vicki Howard.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Society for the Study of Labour History and the University of Essex. Keynote speaker: Professor Erika Rappaport, University of Santa Barbara, author of A Thirst for Empire (Princeton, 2017).

Closing date for abstracts is 30 April 2019.

Speakers at this conference include:

  • Professor Erika Rappaport, University of Santa Barbara
  • Professor Pamela Cox, University of Essex
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