We loved hearing from the diverse array of participants at GSC 2015. There were so many thoughtful, provocative, and insightful presentations.

We want to publicly thank the wonderful staff at HUMlab, particularly Karin Jangert, Johan von Boer, Jim Robertsson, Anna Misharina, and Elin Andersson. The workshop ran so smoothly due to your wonderful work and support. Multas gratias.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, and the Faculty of Arts at Umeå Universitet.

The Twitter feed for the event is available at:

Feel free to tweet more about the event on Twitter at #gscumu2015

The final workshop booklet is available here: GSC 2015 Booklet


Jonas Liliequist, Anna Foka, Stina Karlgren, and Lewis Webb


Some photos of the event are below:

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GSC2015 Program

Dear participants,

The workshop program is now available at: Program

A digital copy of the program is available here: GSC 2015 Booklet

Abstracts are available at: Abstracts


Jonas Liliequist, Anna Foka, Stina Karlgren, and Lewis Webb

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GSC 2015 Presentation


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Call for Papers: Gender and Status Competition in Premodern Societies Workshop

Although many historical studies have explored relationships between gender and power, few have examined the intersections between gender and status competition. We define status competition here as any activity where individuals compete for superiority in status. In this workshop, we wish to focus on how gendered behaviours and appearances have been used as a means for status competition, and how such status competition shaped both intra and inter-gender hierarchies. We are particularly interested in the physicality and materiality of status competition, namely the ways in which gender and status were negotiated and performed through speech, emotions, gestures, facial expressions, body language, comportment and clothing as well as material objects and visualized symbols. A central aim of the workshop is to integrate theoretical perspectives on emotions and senses with gender analysis on a micro-sociological and inter-personal level. We welcome inquiries from a broad range of multidisciplinary perspectives and methodologies on different historical societies and cultures before 1800 CE. Contributions based on digital methodologies are especially encouraged. The workshop will be organized as working sessions and one or two keynotes/public lectures. Papers will be distributed beforehand. Participants will be invited to elaborate their papers to be selected and published in a volume by an international publisher.

Time: November 26-27, 2015

Venue: Umeå University, HUMLab X

Organizers: UGPS Jonas Liliequist, Anna Foka, Lewis Webb, and Stina Karlgren. Please submit an abstract (c.300 words) and a brief bio to before May 20.

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