‘Women, Work and Value: Definitions, Approaches, Conceptual Frameworks’

 First workshop of the AHRC Network ‘WOMEN, WORK AND VALUE IN EUROPE, 1945-2015’

University of Bristol, 7-8 March 2014


Workshop: ‘Women, Work and Value: Definitions, Approaches, Conceptual Frameworks

Bristol, 8 March 2014, 9.30am – 4pm

This workshop will ask how we measure and define the value of work. How is work categorized (paid vs. unpaid, domestic/caring vs. work outside the home)? And how can we conceptualise the value of work (use value vs. exchange value, emotional, political, cultural, social values, value judgements etc.? Discussion will centre around position papers from scholars in a range of disciplines, kickstarting the interdisciplinary dialogue which will be at the heart of this network.

Confirmed speakers include Kate Boyer (Geography, Southampton), Chiara Bonfigioli (Law, Edinburgh), Melanie Bell-Williams (Film, Newcastle), Vicky Ball (Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Sunderland), Tindara Addobbo (Economics, Modena and Reggio Emilia).

Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Please email Hannah-Marie Chidwick (hc6198@bristol.ac.uk) if you would like to attend. Some travel funds are available for postgraduate and unwaged/low wage early career researchers.


The workshop will be preceded on the evening of March 7 by a public panel discussion of Women and the politics of work.

7 March 2014, 6.30-8.30 pm, Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX

To mark Women’s History Month, we are bringing together women who took action in the workplace: from Sally Groves, who played a key role in the Trico Equal Pay Strike in 1976, to Miriam Glucksmann, a sociologist who wrote Women On The Line after a year working in a motor parts factory. This event will be chaired by Dr. Helen Mott, the co-ordinator of the Bristol Fawcett Society.

A podcast of the discussion will be uploaded to the Past Matters archive page after the event. You can also follow it live via the Twitter hashtag: #womenwork2015.

Admission: Free, but booking required in advance via the online booking form  (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-and-the-politics-of-work-tickets-10254233689)

For further information: E cpe-info@bristol.ac.uk      T +44 (0)117 331 8313


About the Network

What is women’s work worth? We are interested in the ways that the work of women, both paid and unpaid, has been measured and valued. This research network, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, brings together academics, members of the public, interest groups and policy makers to discuss the relevance of past experiences of work for the challenges facing today’s society.

Further thematic workshops and events will take place in Florence, Budapest, and Glasgow throughout 2014 and 2015.

Network webpage: http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/research/women-work/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WomenWorkValue

For further information, contact 
Josie.McLellan@bristol.ac.ukMaud.bracke@glasgow.ac.uk, or Hannah-Marie Chidwick (hc6198@bristol.ac.uk)