[H-verkko] CFP: Early Professional Women

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Early Professional Women

World Economic History Congress 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa 

Call for Papers

Early professional women, c. 1600–1850

Session Organiser: Prof. Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen, University of Turku,
Corresponding organiser: Dr Marjatta Rahikainen, University of
Helsinki, Finland.
Email: marjatta.rahikainen at helsinki.fi

The session will focus on early examples of economically active women
who may be said to have anticipated, in one way or another, modern
professional women. The papers in the session are expected to discuss
women who were professionally ambitious, invested in developing their
professional skills and qualifications, and may have taken economic
or other kinds of risks in order to advance in their careers or in
business. Socially they may range anything from elite women to women
with middle-class or lower social background. The relevant period
ranges from c. 1600 to c. 1850.

The aim of the session is to enrich and complete the received image
of economically active women in the past. Today the image appears
slightly biased in two ways. First, research on professional women
usually deals with the period after the mid-19th century when women’s
professional opportunities started to multiply, at least in the West.
Secondly, much of the research focuses on women of popular classes
who worked because they had to work in order to make ends meet, but
who cannot be said to have been professionally ambitious in the
present-day sense of the word. 

In Europe examples of early professional women include such as
institutionally trained midwives: formally trained midwives worked
under official responsibility, and in addition to work connected with
childbirths, their tasks consisted of legal and even religious duties;
the oldest regulations related to professional midwifery originate in
the late Middle Ages. Another example is offered by professional
women painters: as early as the 18th century, they were established
in the art world, commissioned by European courts and admitted to art
academies. Among early professional women feature even elite ladies:
they could make a career as salaried ladies in waiting in a royal

We invite from all over the world papers that highlight early
examples of professional women, in whatever form of economic activity
they were involved in the society concerned. The deadline for papers
will be end of May 2012.

Please send by the end of January 2012 an abstract of max. 400 words
to the corresponding organiser: marjatta.rahikainen at helsinki.fi

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Marjatta Rahikainen
<marjatta.rahikainen at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 01.02.2012
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