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Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)

King's Building, Strand Campus
Conference/Seminar, Culture, Other
11/05/2017 (08:45-19:00)

Conference Organisers: Dr Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Amy Murat (King’s College London).

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Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Hannah Barker, University of Manchester
  • Caroline Criado-Perez, OBE


In 2017, Jane Austen will feature on the £10 note as the sole female representative on the English banknote. To mark this occasion, and explore its problematic significance, the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s is running a one-day conference with the aim to consider debates about women in relation to ideas of value, market, marketability, as well as debates about different forms of currency and exchange amongst women, and the place of the female writer in the literary marketplace past and present. The conference will address themes including consumerism, shopping, global trade, domestic trade, markets (literary and otherwise), currency, and varying practices of exchange. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging literature, material culture, gender studies and economic history, and aims to relate the debates of the period to modern day issues about the presence and position of women in the economy and media.

Themes will include:

  • The varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability
  • Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity
  • Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)
  • Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in:
    • Trade and industry
    • Professional services (such as law, finance, hospitality and the media)
    • Domestic service
    • The rural economy
  • The place of women in the literary marketplace (past and present)

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The conference is generously supported by the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s (CESK) and the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI).

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