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Workshop - Women, Work and Value: Europe 1945-2015. Between the Subjective and the Economic

Venue: Florence, Italy
Period: October 24-25, 2014
Application deadline: July 15, 2014



Women and men attach all kinds of values to the range of activities which they refer to as work. Such subjective evaluations of work are shaped by and exist in tension with cultural representations of work, and the value of work as defined in economic terms and academic and public debate. This workshop focuses on the tensions between individual and public valuations of work, and explores the ways in which the gendered construction of work sheds light on these tensions.

We particularly welcome papers which reach beyond the usual distinctions between economic, social and cultural history. In what ways are subjective valuations part of wider political, academic and socio-economic debate on women’s work and work generally, and what kinds of tensions emerge? How do individuals and societies distinguish between work and non-work? How is care work experienced, represented and valued? How can an analysis of gender relationships and identities shed light on the values attached to work and on changes over time and across space? Papers may be theoretical, or deal with one or more case studies drawn from the second half of the 20th Century up to the present. While our prime focus lies with Europe, papers may go beyond Europe to compare with other parts of the world.

Application Procedure

Please send your proposal to Hannah-Marie Chidwick [] by 15 July 2014. It should include a short biographical statement with contact details; a short statement explaining your interest in the workshop and detailing the ways in which your paper transcends disciplinary or conceptual boundaries (ca. 100 words); and a paper abstract (ca. 200 words).

All proposals are subject to a review process. You will be notified by 1 August 2014. Some contribution towards travel and accommodation, in particular for postgraduates and junior academics, will be available. We plan to publish selected papers in a leading interdisciplinary journal.

This is the second workshop of four, forming part of the AHRC-funded Network ‘Women, Work and Value’. A call for papers for our third workshop, ‘The Politics of Gender, Work and Value’, to be held at the Central European University in Budapest in March 2015, will be published shortly.

Keynote speakers

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of, among many other books, For Love and Money: Care Provision in the United States (Russell Sage, 2012), Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (OUP, 2009) and Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004).
Diane Negra, Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author, editor or co-editor of nine books, the most recent of which is Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity ( with Yvonne Tasker, Duke UP, 2014).


Information & contacts

Hannah-Marie Chidwick
University of Bristol


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