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Women, Money and Markets (1600-1900): “Female Economies”

9. June 2021 - 9:00 to 11. June 2021 - 17:00 Add to calendar

Fourth Annual Conference, 9-11 June 2021

Conference venue:
Online via Zoom (to register please write an email to

Wednesday 9 June 2021 (CET)

9:00-9:15 Welcome and opening remarks

9:15-10:15 Panel 1: Consuming, Trading and Advertising<strong>
Moderation: Joyce Goggin (University of Amsterdam)

Riccardo E. Rossi (University of Zurich): Gendered Economies in the Southern Alps, 1650s-1790s: Women’s Role in Consuming, Retailing, and Trading Extra-European Goods in the Italian-Speaking Three Leagues

Anna Reimann (University of Basel): Selling Everything (Barely) Used: Female Second-hand Dealing in Basel (1750-1850)

Sarah Dredge (Sheffield Hallam University): Short-hand, Swimming Baths and Hair Tonics: Ideology and Market Forces in the English Woman’s Journal “Advertiser”

Sarah Scheidmantel (University of Zurich): “Young and Fit” as a Health Goal: How Women Became the Key Consumers of Vibromassage Devices around 1900

10:15-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Panel 2: Female Characters between Agency and Commodification
Moderation: Barbara Straumann (University of Zurich)

Emma Newport (University of Sussex): “A broad, squat, pursy, fat thing… yet deadly strong”: Fat and the (Sexual) Economy in Richardson’s Pamela

Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University): Queering Contemporary Debates about Household Management, Domestic Hierarchy, and the Role of and Autonomy of Women in the Eighteenth-Century Home

Tim Sommer (University of Heidelberg): “I cannot afford to paint for my own amusement”: Art Economies and Gendered Professionalism in the Novels of Anne Brontë

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Panel 3: Female Entrepreneurs – All Over the World
Moderation: Pete Collinge (University of Keele)

Jan Simon Karstens (University of Trier): When Nouvelle France Was Female-Owned: The Story of Antoinette de Guercheville (ca. 1570-1632) and Her American Colonies

Eva Brugger (University of Zurich) & Annika Raapke (University of Goettingen): Colonial Accounting. Négresses Libres and Debit Practices in the 18th Century Dominigue

Rafael Streib (University of Tübingen): The Outstanding Life of Joanna Cock

Margaret Gray (University of Newcastle): “A Most Desirable Object”: Victorian Women, Travel Writing, and the Suez Railway Controversy of the 1840s

15:00-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Keynote 1

Emma Hart (University of Pennsylvania)

Women Making Markets: Gender, Commerce, and Colonization in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Thursday 10 June 2021 (CET)

09:00-10:00 Panel 4: Visibility of Female Labour, Profit-Making and Investments
Moderation: Anna Reimann (University of Basel)

Teresa Schröder-Stapper (University of Duisburg-Essen): Buying, Donating, Inheriting/Passing: The Visibility of Female Economics in Urban Space

Leyla Elbirlik (Ozyegin University, Istanbul): Ottoman Women Investors as Caretakers of the Family: A Study of Two Cases from Early Modern Istanbul

Pete Collinge (Keele University): Elision and Collision: Inheritance and Family Enterprise, the Willdeys of Lichfield, 1800-1850

Alice Krzanich (Edinburgh University): Waged Worker or Unpaid Family Member? Female Domestic Labour and the Presumption of Remuneration in Scots Law, 1800-1850

Jeanne Boiteux (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3): Cooperation and Profit-making in “Women’s Exchanges”: The Case of the Boston Women’s Educational and Industrial Union (1870s-1900s)

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:30 Lightning session

Jess Ayres (University of York), Maria Juko (University of Hamburg), Max Lauber (University of Zurich), Anders Perlinge (Stockholm School of Economics), Tamar Salmon-Mack (David Yellin Academic College & Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nastacia Schmoll (University of Zurich), Adrina Schulz (University of Zurich), Priska Sgier-Nater (University of Zurich), Nina Suter (University of Zurich), Hazel Vosper (Lancaster University), Joëlle Weis (Wolfenbüttel)

11:30-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:00 Panel 5: Thinking the Economy Across Genres
Moderation: Olivia Biber (University of Bern)

Wendy Robins (Independent): Land, Liberty and the “Lust for Ornaments”: The Economic Basis to Catherine Macauly’s Political Reforms

Joanna Rostek (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen): Economic Poetry: Rereading Anna Letitia Barbauld’s “Washing Day” (1797)

Janelle Pötzsch (Paderborn University): Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858) on Competition

Silvana Colella (University of Macerata): Performing Female Economies: Olive Malvery’s The Speculator

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:00 Roundtable discussion: Women in Finance

Introduction by Barbara Straumann to Equity (2016), directed by Meera Menon

Roundtable discussion with Nadia Aebli (banker in Zurich), Monika Dommann (University of Zurich), Stefan Leins (University of Konstanz), Moderation: Anika Thym (University of Basel)

16:00-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:30 Keynote 2

Lana Dalley (California State University, Fullerton)

Teeming Women and Barren Marriages: Economics and the Family in 19th-century Women’s Writing

Friday 11 June 2021 (CET)

10:00-11:00 Panel 6: Mobilising, Using and Investing Money
Moderation: Eva Brugger (University of Zurich)

Margareth Lanzinger (University of Vienna), Janine Maegraith (University of Vienna & University of Cambridge) & Matthias Donabaum (University of Vienna): Women Utilising the Many Facets of Wealth (16th to 18th Century)

Maria Rosaria De Rosa (Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli): Making Credit through Business: The Legal Status of Women in Financial Circuits (Italy, 19th Century)

Elise Dermineur (Umeå University & Stockholm School of Economics) & Axel Haberg (Stockholm School of Economics): Unmarried Women and Their Wealth in Sweden, 1790-1914

Janette Rutterford (Open University), “She wished to make one or two remarks with regard to the balance sheet”: Louisa Thomson Price and the Vote

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Panel 7: Narrating Female Economies
Moderation: Stella Castelli (University of Zurich)

Olivia Biber (University of Bern): A Tale of Two Genres: Economies of Industry and Romance in Mary Barton

Sebastian Meixner (University of Zurich): Female Economies in Gustav Freytag’s Soll und Haben

Camille Stallings (University of Oxford): Female Friendship Economies: George Eliot, Feminism and Marcel Maus’s Gift Economy

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30 Keynote 3

Victoria Bateman (University of Cambridge)

The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Final discussion

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Women, Money and Markets , University of Zurich


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