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Amy Creighton


Labouring Bodies: Women, Work and Skill in Yorkshire, 1650-1750

Supervisor: Dr Mark Jenner


My thesis examines women in the economy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through the lens of carnal sociology. I am researching skill embodiment practices of early modern women, using Yorkshire as a case study. I also completed my Master's degree at York, in which I studied female authorship in early modern England. Wider research interests include gender, race, social history and history of reproduction, particularly midwifery.

Blog Posts

  • ‘Using Negatives to Fill in the Gaps: Sources for Early Modern Women’s Work’. Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe, Gender and Work Network

Conference Papers 

  • ‘Labouring Bodies: A Sociological Approach to Women, Work and Skill in the Early Modern Period’, Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work, Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. May 2018.
  • ‘Female Enskillment: York’s Labouring Women in Eighteenth-Century Guilds’, 2nd European Labour History Network Conference, Paris, France. November 2017.
  • ‘Labouring Women’s Bodies in Early Modern England’, Bielefeld-Lund-York Graduate Conference, Lund University, Sweden. June 2017.
  • ‘“Labouring Womens Sorrowfull Suffereings”: The Gendering of Labour Pains’, Pain in the Early Modern Period Postgraduate Symposium, University of York. February 2017.

External activities

  • Chair of the CREMS Postgraduate Forum, the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Contact details

Ms Amy Creighton
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD