What: Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity, The 17th Annual Women’s History Conference
Where: Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY (20 minutes north of Manhattan)
When: Friday and Saturday, March 6th and 7th, 2015
Deadline for submissions: Not disclosed.
What? Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity strand at 17th Annual Women’s History Conference,
Where? Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, USA,
When? 6-7 March 2015
Deadline for submissions? Not specified (contact strand convenor).
Submitted by Megan Webber, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
Key words: charities, lying-in hospitals, poor-relief
Historians of poverty, poor-relief, and charity in long eighteenth-century Britain (c.1688-1832) have defined plebeian “agency” in multiple ways. My PhD dissertation aims to provide a nuanced picture of agency within early nineteenth-century London charities, exploring how individual charities’ unique blends of discourse, policy, management, spatial arrangement, and situation within broader networks of relief affected how, and under what conditions, the poor exerted their influence.