Class, Gender & Childhood in Economic Development

A celebration of the work of Jane Humphries



Thursday 19 April 2018

10.00-10.15 Welcome

10.15-11.00 Industrious Women

Jan de Vries
The Women of the Industrious Revolution

11.00-11.30 morning Coffee

11.30-1.00 Women & Work in the Past

Carmen Sarasua
The Eighteenth-century Economy and the Transformations in the Organization of Work

Kathryne Crossley
Laundresses and Lodging House Keepers: Family Labour Networks and Female Labour Force Participation in 19th Century Oxford

1.00-2.00 Sandwich Lunch in Hall

2.00-3.30 Women, Work & the Household

Brian A’Hearn
Distribution and Rural Living Standards in Fascist Italy


Linda McDowell
Coming of Age under Hitler and Stalin: Growing Up in Occupied Latvia

3.30-4.00 Afternoon Tea

4.00-5.30 Women & Work in the Present

Jill Rubery
Perversity and Contradictions in the Path Towards Dual Breadwinning and Equal Opportunities

Kanchana Rwanpura & Benjamin Brown
SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth: A Gendered Analysis

5.30-7.00 Drinks Reception at All Souls

7.00+ Conference Dinner at All Souls

 Friday 20 April 2018

9.30-11.00 Gendering Colonisation

Nuala Zahedieh
Free Women and the Creation of a Slave Society in Jamaica, 1655-1730


Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk
Class, Gender, Childhood and Race: Social Norms and Policies Regarding Work and Education in the Dutch Empire, 1870-1940

11.00-11.30 Morning Coffee

11.30-1.00 Death & Disease

Vellore Arthi
Estimating the Recession-Mortality Relationship When Migration Matters


Eric Schneider
Disease and Child Growth in Industrialising Japan: Assessing the Instantaneous Changes in Growth and Changes in the Growth Pattern, 1911-39

1.00-2.00 Sandwich Lunch in Hall

2.00-3.30 Children & Work

Fran Beltran-Tapia
Differential Dimensions in Boys' and Girls' Education in 19th-century Spain


Sara Horrell
Children's Work and Wages, 1270-1860

3.30-4.00 Afternoon Tea

4.00-5.30 Keynote
Jane Humphries
On Research, the Discipline & Everything
Followed by a Discussion

Closing remarks

5.30-7.00 Drinks Reception at Exeter College

Hosted by the Rector of Exeter College, Professor Sir Rick Trainor and Marguerite Dupree


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Registration (Invitation Only)

All Souls College is generously funding this conference. However, we are asking for a small registration fee of £25 to help defray some expenses (speakers exempt).

All participants (including speakers) must register for the conference via the Oxford University online store here. As part of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to attend the celebratory dinner on Thursday 19th April and the drinks reception at Exeter College.


Venue, travel and accommodation


Contact Details

Organising committee: Sara Horrell (Cambridge), Deborah Oxley (Oxford) & Vellore Arthi (Essex). The local organiser can be reached via email on:

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