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History of Economy Research Blog (HERB) discussion series 2020-21 on the theme of 'work'

Each session runs from 4:30-5:30pm on Teams

24 November 2020: Jane Whittle: 'Women's work and the idea of housewifery in the memoirs of a Devon yeoman, 1593' [Jane is Professor of Economic and Social History at Exeter, and is currently leading the ERC project FORMSofLABOUR].

8 December 2020Hannah Robb: ‘Balancing the Books; managing finances in early modern England’ [Hannah is a postdoctoral researcher on the FORMSofLABOUR project collecting evidence of work activities from church court records. She is an expert on the social and cultural history of credit and the courts in England 1400-1600]. 

12 January 2021: James Fisher: ‘Inventing a New Form of Labour: Early Indentures for Parish Apprentices, 1598-1630’ [James is a postdoctoral researcher on the FORMSofLABOUR project investigating pauper apprenticeships. His previous research examined divisions of labour and knowledge in the development of agrarian capitalism].

26 January 2021: Nandini Chatterjee: ‘Death in service: compensation for loss of life in late Mughal (early 18th century) India’ [Nandini is an Associate Professor of History at Exeter, and is currently leading the ERC project ‘Forms of Law in the early modern Persianate World, 17th-19th centuries’.]

9 February 2021: Jonathan Barry: ‘The working practices of medical practitioners in early modern England’ [Jonathan Barry is based in Munich and is an emeritus professor of History at Exeter. His research has focused on early modern English urban history, medical history and witchcraft among many other things]

23 February 2021: Taylor Aucoin: 'Forget not the feasts that belong to the plough': Festive Work Relations in Thomas Tusser's Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry’ [Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher on the FORMSofLABOUR project collecting evidence of work activities from quarter sessions court records. He is an expert on work, play, festivity and Carnival and how these intersected with social relations, identities and politics in the past] 

9 March 2021: Li Jiang: ‘Multiple tasks undertaken by male workers in the Shuttleworths accounts, Lancashire, 1582-1621’ [Li Jiang is a third year PhD student supervised by Jane Whittle. Her PhD title is: Wage labour and living standards in early modern England: a case study of the Shuttleworth accounts, Lancashire 1582-1621]

23 March 2021: Linda Henderson: ‘'Creating new work and a new profession for women: Florence Nightingale and the Rural Health Missioners of North Buckinghamshire 1891-1892' [Linda Henderson is a second year PhD student supervised by Henry French. Her PhD title is: ‘"Looking after the Babes" - Class, Gender, and the Nature of Scientific Improvement - a case study of the Aylesbury Duck Industry 1820-1920’]

27 April 2021: Maria Fusaro: ‘Working Seamen in a Maritime Republic, on Reciprocal Rights and Duties’ [Maria Fusaro is a professor at Exeter and works on the European early modern maritime economy and its legal framework, she is currently the PI of the ERC-funded project AveTransRisk – Average – Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)]

11 May 2021: Kate Osborne: ‘The Great Elizabethan Bake Off! Baking in sixteenth century Exeter’ [Kate completed a PhD on Elizabethan Exeter’s social structure and topography in 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the Exeter ‘Hidden cities’ project led by Fabrizio Nervola]

25 May 2021: Charmian Mansell, 'Reconstructing Socio-Economic Networks of Care in Early Modern England' [Charmian Mansell is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.  Her research interests lie in recovering the everyday experiences and socio-economic identities of ordinary people in early modern England using court depositions.] 

8 June 2021: Gijs Dreijer: ‘The liability of the shipmaster and the changing nature of maritime employment in the Southern Low Countries (15th-16th centuries)’. [Gijs is in the final stages of completing his PhD as part of Maria Fusaro’s AveTransRisk project. He focuses on the use of General Average (a way of spreading shipping costs) in the Southern Low Countries]

The format:

Each blog (1000-2000 words) will be pre-circulated. The online discussion session will last for one hour, with time at the start to read (or reread) the blog. There will be an assigned discussant for each paper (who will be the presenter of the previous blog), who will start the discussion with some pre-prepared questions. This will be followed by an open discussion in which everyone is encouraged to take part.

After the discussion the blog will be edited and then uploaded onto a the blog section of the department website.

We are still finalising the schedule, but further blogs will follow approximately every two weeks through the Spring and Summer terms.

If you are not on the mailing list for the group and would like to join the discussion workshops please email FORMSofLABOUR