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The Freedom of the Streets project and the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History organise an online panel in lieu of the postponed 2021 EAUH conference. The panel includes papers on cities such as Paramaribo, Venice, Edo, Rome, Exeter, Amsterdam and Berlin from the 16th to the 19th century. Online registration is required for attendance.

Event details of Gender, Space and Everyday Mobility in Modernizing Global Cities
Date 2 September 2021
Time 15:00 -18:30

How did early modern people use, occupy, and mobilized themselves through urban space in their everyday life? Furthermore, how and to what extent was urban space segregated as a result of these activities? In other words, to what extent do theories of ‘separate spheres’ or ‘public-domestic dichotomies’ apply to early modern urban environments? Recent research has acknowledged that ‘ownership’ of urban space was much more complex than a division between public and private spaces or male and female spheres. This raises the need to examine further both these spaces and the way that people moved through them. 

By re-examining early modern urban space as it underwent a transitional phase of so-called ‘modernization,’ the session investigates gendered use and mobility of urban space in the context of a broad range of social, economic and cultural-historical debates, such as urban household compositions, the gendered division of labor, and gendered identities and norms of behavior. By tracking people’s trajectory within urban space, we seek to capture both practices and experiences of space.