European Association for Urban History 2016

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I had a fantastic time at the European Association for Urban History in Helsinki at the end of August! It was particularly great to see how my work can be interpreted using different historical frameworks. Our session “Gender in Maritime, Trading and Imperial towns: European and Atlantic urban Communities, c. 1650-1850” was organised by Dr. Emma Hart and Dr. Deborah Simonton and contained the following papers:

“Gender and the Market Place in the Early British American Town,” Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews

“Fittie, the Harbour and the Town: characterising women’s economic opportunities and challenges in maritime towns,” Deborah Simonton, University of Southern Denmark

“Noble Woman’s Trade in Town,” Nina Lehmusjarvi, University of Turku

“Gender and the Character of Trade in Eighteenth-Century Glasgow,” Catriona Macleod, University of Glasgow

“Gendered networks in early modern Dutch harbour towns. A comparison of Cape Town, New Amsterdam and Rotterdam during the seventeenth century,” Maarten Van Dijck, Erasmus University Rotterdam

“Landward experience of shipping business. Seamen’s wives and their socio-economic agency in Finnish harbour towns, c. 1830-1850,” Pirita Frigren, University of Jyvaskyla

“Sex, Sailors and Scottish Cities,” Katie Barclay, University of Adelaide

“Urban Workers, Household Women: Nurses at Plymouth Naval Hospital 1778-1800,” Erin Spinney, University of Saskatchewan

“Cherchez la femme! A gender perspective in the transnational history of Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon in the 19th century,” Catarina Caetano da Rosa, Technical University of Darmstadt

In addition to a great intellectual experience the city of Helsinki was a beautiful place, and I can’t wait to have the chance to return!

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