Call for Papers: Women, Money and Markets (1700-1950)

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University of Sussex, Brighton

June 13th and 14th 2024

Our annual symposium is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging literature, material culture, gender studies and economic history, and aims to relate the debates of the period to modern day issues about the presence and position of women in the economy and media. As a well-established network of scholars from a range of disciplines, we welcome returning and new contributors each year.

We invite exploration, whether literary, historical or economic, of the experiences of women across the social spectrum, including submissions on a wide range of topics connected with women’s involvement in the marketplace and finance. Submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions may be on the following themes:

  • Women participating in colonial economies, markets and/or trade;
  • Women involved in the receipt or delivery of relief; volunteerism; social and/or economic bonds forged between the poor and the non-poor; attitudes and emotions associated with wealth and poverty;
  • Women’s engagement in investment, banking, finance, gambling, or exchange, especially as documented through under-used sources;
  • Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)
  • Women contributing to economic theory and praxis;
  • The varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability;
  • Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity;
  • Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in: Trade and industry; professional services (such as law, finance, hospitality and the media); domestic service; the rural economy.

We particularly invite cross-cultural considerations of the above issues.

WMM members who are contributing to our edited collection, under contract with Boydell & Brewer, are welcome to present their chapter to the group.

For those submitting for the first time to Women, Money and Markets, please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for publication in a current or future edited collection.

Please send 300-word abstracts to Emma Newport with an indication of your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.).  If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (up to 300 words each).

Deadline for submissions: April 1st 2024

Organisers: Dr Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Dr Joyce Goggin (University of Amsterdam). For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: e.newport@sussex.ac.uk or see womenmoneymarkets.co.uk