Danielle van den Heuvel, Ivan Kisjes, Bob Pierik, Bébio Vieira Amaro (UvA)
Discussant: Roos van Oosten
15:00-17:00: Kloveniersburgwal 48, OIH/Bushuis, E1.02E, followed by drinks
This paper introduces a new research method for studying how streets were used in the past. The method is developed in order to shed light on the gendered uses of urban space in historic cities. One of the most pressing questions in both gender and urban history is to what extent women disappeared from street life as cities entered the age of modernity. One of the reasons why it has been difficult to answer this question is because we have very little knowledge of women’s actual movements through the historic city. This is caused by the difficulties of extracting information on female mobility across social layers and on ephemeral and mundane activities such as commuting to work, running errands, playing games and chatting to neighbors. By combining scholarly approaches from economic and cultural history and applying digital techniques, this method aims to make visible the crucial parts of urban life that have so far largely remained invisible.