Gender, Labour and Consumption in historical perspective

  • Fri 13 - Sat 14 Sep 19


  • Colchester Campus

    EBS 2.1 and EBS 2.65

  • Event speaker

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

  • Event type


  • 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 our University's Department of History 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.

Earlier in the year, we therefore invited 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. Submissions are now closed.

The themes and topics may have included the following:

  • 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


Registration is onsite. There is a £25 conference fee, which is payable via cash or cheque only.

The conference is free for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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.