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Gender, Work, and Service in Late Medieval Europe (1300-1600)

Work has long been recognised as crucial in both articulating and shaping gendered norms about one’s role and place within a given society. This conference aims at revisiting the complex relations between gender and work in Europe from 1300 to 1600 by drawing more sustained attention to service as an understudied but important socio-historical reality of work and working relationships. Considering how service was perceived, regulated and practiced in relation to gender, speakers take into account the diversity of late medieval forms of service and focus on a broad spectrum of lifelong or periodic service work within households, workshops, brothels, religious communities, poorhouses or civic offices. The conference brings together scholars from seven countries, different disciplines and at all career stages to discuss e.g., divisions of tasks and responsibilities, degrees of coercion and autonomy as well as the monetary and cultural value attached to different forms of service and groups of servants from a gendered perspective.


Eva-Maria Cersovsky
E-Mail: cersovseSpamProtectionwebmail.uni-koeln.de