Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe

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Over the course of the project, the Network members will collaborate on compiling a database of available sources and existing datasets that can be used by scholars to identify the most promising avenues for sustained comparison. The network will develop methodological guidelines in order to facilitate the sharing of data and research findings. A series of templates will be produced for approaching various types of source material common across Europe, such as court records (criminal and civil), fiscal sources, guild records, account books, wage series, probate records, petitions, and diaries. These tasks (compiling a database of sources and producing guidelines for approaching particular genres) will enable the calibration of available data, and the coverage of existing studies will additionally be mapped in order to establish critical gaps as well as areas ripe for comparison.

In addition a set of principles for data collection and dataset design will be produced for researchers compiling datasets to ensure the greatest possible compatibility and comparability of findings. All of these materials will be made freely available here when they are complete.


Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker, circa 1664 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Detail from Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker, circa 1664 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons