CREATE Salon: ‘Digital social history and practice-based approaches’
This CREATE Salon puts the spotlight on new approaches in social history that have been greatly facilitated by the digital turn. Two research projects focusing on the long-term history of everyday life explain how they use digital tools to study practices, and show how systematic analyses of practices contribute to a better understanding of gendered experiences in the past.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on Thursday 31 October, 15.00-17.00.
The CREATE Salon takes place between 3:00-5:00pm, eLab Mediastudies (BG1 room 0,16) Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam, followed by drinks at Kapitein Zeppos.
I Practices that make a difference: the Gender-and-Work project, its methodology, analysis and results, Maria Ågren, Karin Hassan Jansson and Jonas Lindstrōm (Uppsala University)
Gender and Work (GAW) is a combined research and digitisation project at the Department of History at Uppsala University. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about the work of both men and women in the past. As part of the project we have gathered and classified thousands of fragments of information from a variety of historical sources that describe the ways people sustained and provided for themselves. This information has been stored in a unique database that has been made accessible for researchers, students, and the general public.
II Capturing street life using historic sources: a practice-based approach, Danielle van den Heuvel, Bob Pierik and Marie Yasunaga (University of Amsterdam)
We analyse the gendering of urban space in the early modern city. It is widely held that between 1600 and 1850, women gradually withdrew from the public sphere of the street and moved to the private sphere of the home. Our project offers a pioneering approach to the study of gendered urban space. It enables for the first time to move beyond the public/private dichotomy and analyse women’s access to pre-industrial streets in full. Through an analysis of the ‘ownership’ of streets, both formally by authorities and informally through daily use, we uncover how urban space was gendered in the run up to the nineteenth century.Each team member of The Freedom of the streets project focuses on a specific city or a specific theme. Bob Pierik and Marie Yasunaga study two of the most important cities in the early modern world: Amsterdam and Edo (present-day Tokyo). Danielle van den Heuvel analyses how the access of women to pre-industrial streets was shaped in contrasting European and Asian urban communities.