Work, Gender, and Politics: The Dames des Halles and Understandings of Citizenship in the Revolutionary Marketplace

Le mercredi 24 septembre 2019, 14h00 à 16h00

Une conférence de Katie L. Jarvis (University of Notre Dame)

As crucial food retailers, traditional representatives of the Third Estate, and famed leaders of the march on Versailles, Parisian market women called the Dames des Halles held great influence during the French Revolution. This conference interweaves the Dames’ political activism and economic practices to examine how marketplace actors shaped the nature of nascent democracy and capitalism through daily commerce. While haggling over price controls, public space, fair taxes, and acceptable currency, the Dames and their clients negotiated tenuous economic and social contracts in tandem. Their quotidian negotiations remade longstanding Old Regime practices and proposed a new model of citizenship that portrayed useful work, rather than gender, as the cornerstone of civic legitimacy.

Professeure-adjointe au Département d’histoire de l’Université Notre-Dame, Katie L. Jarvis est l’autrice de Politics in the Marketplace : Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford University Press, 2019). Ses recherches actuelles se consacrent au pardon et aux modalités de réconciliation dans la France révolutionnaire (1789-1802). 

Le mercredi 24 septembre 2019, 14h00 à 16h00

Salle A-6290
Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, UQAM
1255 rue Saint-Denis,
Montréal (Québec)

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