Closing date for proposals: 2nd December 2013
The Landscape of Occupations in Pre-Industrial Britain and Continental Europe, c.1400-1750,
Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter,
8th – 9th April 2014.
- How can demographic data capture the complexity of occupations?
- Can we see realistic reflection of occupation, or a mark of status or aspiration?
- Occupational specialisation is often seen as characteristic of the early modern economy, but is this reflected in occupational labels and sources available to us?
- Historians also see the early modern economy as characterised the growing scale of businesses and workshops. How can this be reconciled with growing specialisation?
Gender and Occupation
- How can female economic activity be captured in the pre-modern period?
- How can historians address the varied and variable economic strategies employed by medieval and early modern households when demographic sources concentrate on male occupations?
Guilds, Colleges and Occupational Identity
- It is often argued that in the early modern period, traditional guild-based identities became ceased to reflect the actual economic activities of individuals
- Can membership of guilds and professional bodies, such as the medical colleges, accurately reflect the practice of that individual?
Rural and Urban Economic Lives
- Economic developments, such as specialisation and professionalization, have traditionally been associated with the early modern period are associated with cities and urban growth, but how did new occupations interact with rural contexts?
- How did the growth of rural industries, such as the new draperies, affect relationships of wealth and development between towns and the countryside?
Sessions will be structured around pre-circulated papers, and presentations of five minutes, to allow maximum time for discussion.Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words via email to Justin Colson: firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd December 2013