Call for Papers: Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)

Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850) at King's College London, Thursday May 11th 2017

Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850) at King's College London, Thursday May 11th 2017


We would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals

Please see below for our panel selection


King’s College London, Thursday May 11th 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Hannah Barker (University of Manchester)

Caroline Criado-Perez, OBE
One of the leading voices in the campaign for female representation on the banknote and an active promoter and supporter of women in the media

Programme outline

Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)

King’s College London

May 11th 2017


Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)
Thursday 11 May 2017, Strand Campus, King’s College London
Supported by the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s and the Arts & Humanities Research Institute

Registration, Refreshments and Welcome

Registration: Old Committee Room

Refreshments and welcome: Council Room (K2.29)

Session one


Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre

Bankers, Financiers and Grocers: Women in Business

 Chair: Joyce Goggin (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands)

 Catriona Macleod (University of Glasgow), ‘Women’s financial management in Scotland, c.1750-1850’

Peter Collinge (Keele University), ‘A taste for finance: businesswomen and the grocery trade in Georgian England’

Amy Louise Erickson (University of Cambridge), 'Estimating businesswomen in London, 1700-1750'


River Room

Inside the Archives: Women’s Material Lives

 Chair: Lara Perry (University of Brighton)

 Madeleine Pelling (University of York), ‘Selling the Duchess: narratives of celebrity in A catalogue of the Portland Museum’

 Val Derbyshire (University of Sheffield), ‘“The phantom coach”: The longings and letters of Alicia Maria Greame, a woman for sale’

Amy Murat (King’s College London), ‘“I value it as a gift from him”: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the material worth of friendship’


 Room K2.40

Literature by Women as Economics: Rethinking Female Epistemological and Economic Agency

 Chair: Sarah Crofton (King’s College London)

Joanna Rostek (Universität Giessen, Germany), ‘Re-centring female epistemological agency, or: how to find women economists in the period 1750-1850’

Barbara Straumann (Universität Zurich, Switzerland), ‘The Eccentricity of Female Economic Agency: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford’

Morning coffee break

10.30-11.00 Council Room (K2.29)


Keynote Speaker: Hannah Barker (University of Manchester)

'"For the benefit of her family": Women, families and business during the early industrial revolution'

Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre


12.00-13.00 Council Room (K2.29)

Session two


Edmond J.Safra Lecture Theatre

Global Markets: Currency, Trade and Exchange

 Chair: Anne Goldgar (King’s College London)

 Jelena Šesnić (University of Zagreb, Croatia), ‘Sentimental women in the post-revolutionary American geoculture of the 1790s’

Karin Pallaver (University of Bologna, Italy), ‘Small change: forms of currency and female monetary practices in 19th-century East Africa’

Joyce Goggin (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands), ‘Mrs Centlivre and the South Sea’

Mark Hay (King’s College London) ‘“The matriarch of Amsterdam high finance”: Johanna Borski and the establishment of the Bank of the Netherlands’


River Room

Working Women: Women and Employment

 Chair: Amy Erickson (University of Cambridge)

Kathryne Crossley (University of Oxford), ‘Oxford laundresses: family and college economies’

 Carolyn D. Williams (University of Reading), ‘“This uncommon employment”: women, makeshifts and morality in the second half of the eighteenth century’

 Pattie Flint (King’s College London), ‘Having your cake and eating it too: cookbooks as commodity’

 Theresa Mackay (Royal Roads University, British Columbia) ‘Women at work: innkeeping in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 1790-1840’



 Contemporary Issues in a Global Context

(Institute for New Economic Thinking INET YSI Gender Economics and Social Sciences Working Group)

‘Femina Oeconomica? Gender effects in the society and related economic policies’

Chair: Marcella Corsi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Francesca Bertolino (London School of Economics / International Training Centre of the ILO), ‘Diverging gender equality trajectories in Italy and Spain meet austerity: the end of progressive policy making?’

Claire Moll (Centre for Theology and Community) ‘Attitudes not Quotas: The hidden cost of the synthetic normalization of women leadership’

Erica Aloe (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), ‘The relationship between labour policies and unpaid care work. Evaluation of the potential impact of the Italian labour market reform on the care system and gender equality’

Dhritisree Sarkar (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research), ‘Possible Impacts of Demonetization of Currency Notes on Women in India’

Giulia Porino (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), ‘Diversity is an asset. How increasing the representation of different interests in the financial sector top positions could

promote the public interest perspective in finance’


Session three

14.45-15.45 Edmond J.Safra Lecture Theatre

Money, Management and Motherhood in Austen

 Chair: Christine Kenyon-Jones (King’s College London)

 Rita J. Dashwood (University of Warwick) ‘“Abilities, as well as affections”: The surrogate manager in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion’

Lynda Hall (Chapman University), ‘Valuing women in Jane Austen’s fiction’

Helen Charman (University of Cambridge), ‘Paradoxical productivity: the maternal economy from Austen to Eliot’


River Room

Imagining the Economy: Signs, Credit and Value in Women's Writing

 Chair: David Worrall (Nottingham Trent University/ University of Roehampton)

 Catherine Packham (University of Sussex), ‘“Extreme Credulity”: Wollstonecraft, the 1797 Bank Restriction Act, and the credit instrument of fiction’ 

 Silvana Colella (University of Macerata, Italy), ‘Doing it like a woman: Charlotte Riddell and the economic imagination’

 Jon Dietrick (Babson College, USA), ‘Hester in the marketplace: women’s labor in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter’



Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837

Material Girls: Trading and Manoeuvring in a Material World

 Chair: Amy Murat (King’s College London)

 Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow), ‘Moveables, markets, and married women’s access to credit in eighteenth-century Scotland’

 Johanna Holmes (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Enterprising painters: women in the art market 1820-1850’

Miriam Al Jamil (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘The “fiery force” of Eleanor Coade’s business success’


Afternoon coffee break 15.45-16.15 Council Room (K2.29)

Session four


Edmond J.Safra Lecture Theatre 

Jane Austen and Property: An Anniversary Panel

 Chair: Elizabeth Eger (King’s College London)
Christine Kenyon-Jones (King’s College London), ‘Entail in the work of Jane Austen’

Helen Paul (University of Southampton), ‘Ways to Avoid Potential Financial Pitfalls for the Women of Jane Austen’s Time’

Emma Clery (University of Southampton), ‘Risk and speculation in Jane Austen’s dealings with the book market’

River Room

Author and Image: Marketing the Woman Writer

 Chair: Emma Newport (University of Sussex)
Lara Perry (University of Brighton), ‘George Smith, publisher and the commercial potential of women authors’ portraits’

 Christine Clark (University of Newcastle, Australia) ‘Creating the Commodity: Henry Austen Re-Writing Jane’

 Diana Arbaiza (University of Antwerp, Belgium), ‘“Not a woman’s work:” Cecilia Böhl von Faber’s paradoxical writings on female authors in the literary market’


Money Matters: Acting, Writing and Marketplaces

Chair: Emrys Jones (King’s College London)

 David Worrall (Nottingham Trent University/ University of Roehampton), ‘Drury Lane and Covent Garden: Theatrical Funds, actress and female playwright earnings, lifetime pension annuities, c.1780-1815’

Nancy Henry (University of Tennessee, USA), ‘Charlotte Riddell’s financial life’

Wendy Robins (Open University), ‘Catherine Macaulay’s Plea for Copyright, 1774’


17.30 Conference closing speeches Council Room (K2.29)

18.00-19.00  Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre.

Keynote speaker: Caroline Criado-Perez

Please take your seats by 17.45


19.00-20.00  Council Room (K2.29)

Private reception for conference delegates only



Conference outline:

In 2017, Jane Austen will feature on the £10 note as the sole female representative on English currency.  To mark this occasion, and explore its problematic significance, the English department 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.
We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions on the following themes:

  • 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)

We particularly welcome cross-cultural considerations of the above issues.

Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference email address ( with an indication of your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.).  If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (up to 300 words each). Please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for the edited volume that will be published after the conference. 

Conference Organisers: Dr Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Amy Murat (King’s College London) 
For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: 
For all general enquiries, please contact: 
The conference is generously supported by CESK (Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s) and AHRI (Arts and Humanities Research Institute).