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Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Gender in Economic History in the Scandinavian Economic History Review

Call for Submissions for Special Issue
Gender in Economic History
Scandinavian Economic History Review
Deadline is October 15 2020

Gender has long been an important category of historical analysis, nurtured by different and sometimes competing paradigms of research. In the 1970s, the study of gender was closely linked to the expansion of women’s history. Inspired by feminist and Marxist theories, this approach greatly contributed to the development of new insights on economic life, work, and remuneration in relation to women’s own experiences. Post-structural theories became more important after Joan W. Scott’s seminal article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Research” (1986). This approach considered gender as the way in which humans make knowledge about the world they inhabit, rather than something they are. However, the gender perspective was increasingly considered synonymous with the linguistic turn, discourse analysis, and the rise of the not-so-new-anymore ‘new cultural history.' In an article in Business History, John K. Walton 2010 argued that this has helped economic and business historians to continue excluding gender as a relevant and important category of historical analysis. Even if Walton might be right, the importance of research on economic history from a gender perspective has increased significantly since the late 1980s, and perhaps especially so in the Nordic countries.

In this special issue, we invite new empirical and theoretical contributions in order to understand the status of gender perspectives within ongoing economic historical research in the Nordic region and elsewhere. What is the status of gender research and how are gender and intersectional theory used in the field – and with what results? Which new theoretical understandings have been introduced? Is research with a gender approach challenging or even changing the discipline of economic history? In addition, how do these perspectives contribute to the larger field of gender studies?

We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the Special Issue on Gender in Economic History. The special issue employs a broad understanding of the field and practice of economic history. For this reason, we encourage contributions from subdisciplines such as business history, social history, demographic history, the history of economic policy and thought, etc. Contributors from outside the discipline of economic history are also welcome to submit abstracts.

  • Gender perspectives in relation to qualitative/quantitative methods
  • Feminist theory and other critical theories in economic history
  • Intersectional perspectives in economic history
  • Gender in country-specific historiographies
  • Feminist economics and economic history
  • Challenges to the divisions of production/reproduction and paid/unpaid labour
  • Cultural analysis of economic activities
  • Gender and the knowledge economy
  • Management education and recruitment from a gender perspective

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Guest Editors
Klara Arnberg, Senior Lecturer in Economic History, Stockholm University, Sweden (
Eirinn Larsen, Professor of History, University of Oslo, Norway (
Ann-Catrin Östman, Senior Lecturer in Nordic History, Åbo Akademi, Finland (

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