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Women, Money and Markets (1700-1900)

Call for Papers – University of Amsterdam, June 7 and 8, 2018

This conference will address the role of women in consumerism, shopping, global trade, domestic trade, markets (literary and otherwise), currency, and varying practices of exchange. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging literature, material culture, gender studies, theatre 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, the market and the media.

The South Sea Bubble, a Scene in ‘Change Alley in 1720 1847, exhibited 1847 Edward Matthew Ward 1816-1879 Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

Our confirmed keynote speakers are Danielle van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam), author of Women and Entrepreneurship: Female Traders in the Northern Netherlands c. 1580-1815, and Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace (Boston College), author of Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life and The British Slave Trade and Public Memory.
We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions on the following themes:
• Varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability
• Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity
• Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)
• Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in:
o Trade and industry
o Professional services (e.g. law, finance, hospitality and the media)
o Domestic service
o The rural economy
o The stock market and speculation
o The literary marketplace (past and present)

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

Guide for submissions:
Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference email addresses ( AND plus a covering email outlining briefly your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.). If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper in your panel (up to 300 words each). Please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for a monograph to be published in conjunction with the conference.

Important dates:
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2018.

Organising committee:
Chair: Dr. Joyce Goggin
Co-chair: Dr. Emma Newport

The conference is generously supported by ASCA (The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis).
For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:
For all general enquiries, please contact:

We look forward to seeing you at Women, Money and Markets (1700-1900) in June 2018.
Joyce Goggin, University of Amsterdam
Emma Newport, University of Sussex

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