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Early Modern Women’s Roles and Identities 1500-1800

Early Modern Women’s Roles and Identities 1500-1800

10.45am-5pm, Friday 8th February 2019

Wolfson Research Exchange in the University Library (3rd Floor)

One day workshop at the University of Warwick

Registration is essential.

registration form (free): for speakers, chairs and students and ECFs who have no research funding.

registration form (£10 charge): there is a £10 fee as a contribution towards costs for delegates including students and ECFs who have funding for research costs.

The workshop explores women’s work, roles and identities in early modernity, with a particular focus on Britain and Europe but also with some comparison with the wider world. Speakers come from both History and English, and the discussion is intended to be wide-ranging to encompass a range of ways in which female identity was constructed. Through their focus on women’s occupations and interpersonal relationships, the papers will assess women’s individual and collective identities in a variety of social environments and spaces.


10.45-11am coffee

11-12noon Keynote presentation:

  • Jane Whittle (Exeter): ‘The Gender Division of Labour in early modern England

12-1.30pm European and global perspectives:

  • Silvia Evangelisti (East Anglia) Female Mystic Journeys in Early Modern Spain and the Spanish Empire
  • Edmund Wareham (Oxford) The Reaction of the Lüne Nuns to the Protestant Reformation
  • Miki Sugiura (Hosei) 'Selling Her Possessions From Home: Gendered Spheres and Urban Space Formation in 18th Century Cape Town'
1.30-2.30pm lunch

2.30-3.30pm Keynote presentation:

  • Jennie Batchelor (Kent): 'Volunteers, Amateurs and Professionals: women’s authorial identities in the Lady’s Magazine (1770-1800)'

3.30-4.30pm Identities in relationships:

  • Natalie Hanley-Smith (Warwick): 'Women behaving badly: Inclusion and exclusion in aristocratic circles in the late eighteenth century'
  • Naomi Pullin (Warwick): 'Best Friends and Worst Enemies: Women's Experiences of Incivility in Early Modern Britain'

4.30-5pm tea and cake, end


oil painting of woman knitting by Francoise Duparc

La tricoteuse by Francoise Duparc 1726-1778

c.1675 watercolour

Recueil des modes de la cour de France, 'La Crieuse de Balets' Jean Baptiste Bonnart (France, 1654-1726) Nicolas Bonnart (France, 1637-1717)