Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe

Welcome to the website for the Leverhulme International Network on ‘Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe’. The Network brings together partners from the Universities of Barcelona, Cambridge, Glasgow, Leiden, Rouen and Uppsala. 

Bringing together a broad range of expertise garnered through intensive local and regional research, this network is designed to seize a timely opportunity to foster extensive collaborative and comparative research on the multi-lateral character of both women and men’s work in order build a new paradigm for approaching modernization in early modern Europe. More than simply ‘adding women’ to existing assessments of economic activity, it is becoming increasingly clear that attending to the relationship between gender and work demands a fundamental reassessment of the very nature of economic performance.

The Network will host a series of events between 2016 and 2018 designed to establish conceptual foundations and methodological guidelines and evaluate the meta-narratives that, in the past, historians have used to account for economic development in the early modern period. 

Information about future events and publications associated with the Network will be available here.


Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg c.1595 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg c.1595 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons