Claire Benson

Thesis

Thesis

Boundaries of Belonging in Early Modern London

Supervisor: Dr Mark Jenner

Research

Research

My research interests are in the social and cultural history of early modern London, especially urban citizenship and political participation. My PhD project explores the significance and meanings of the Freedom of the City through a series of 'edge cases' within London's corporate system, including watermen, porters, carmen, and women traders. My research draws out the ambiguities and complexities of the Freedom in London's political and economic culture, with particular attention to language, identity, and gender.

Papers and publications

Conference and seminar papers

  • '"the most insolent fellows in the world:" the carmen of early modern London.’ European Association of Urban History Conference, Università Roma Tre, forthcoming August 2018.
  • '"Both free and Ancient foreigners:" the politics of the Society of Street Porters in early modern London.’ Society, Culture and Belief 1500-1800 seminar, Institute of Historical Research, December 2017.
  • ‘”her freedom by service:” women and apprenticeship in early modern London.’ European Labour History Network Conference, Paris Nanterre University, October 2017.
  • 'Boundaries and Belonging: foreigners in seventeenth-century London.’ The Foreigner in Britain conference, King College London, July 2017.
  • ‘Belonging to the City: English-born foreigners in early modern London.’ Medieval and Tudor London History seminar, Institute of Historical Research, June 2017.
  • ‘Women traders and urban belonging in seventeenth-century London.’ Urban Belonging: History and the Power of Place conference, Institute of Historical Research, January 2017.
  • ‘“A strange kynde of wooman:” creditworthiness, belonging and citizenship in early modern London.’ European Association of Urban History Conference, University of Helsinki, August 2016.
  • ‘Women’s petitions to the civic courts of London in the late seventeenth century.’ 2016 PhD Conference in History: Lund/York/Bielefeld, University of Bielefeld, May 2016.
  • ‘Discourses of belonging in early modern London, c. 1550-1700.’ University of York History Graduate Conference, University of York, October 2015.
  • ‘“Distressed Inhabitantes & the honeste labouring:” the rhetorics of citizenship in foreign tradesmen petitions, c.1610.’ Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 17th Century Conference: Cities and Citizens, Durham University, July 2015.

External activities

External activities

2017-2018 Doctoral Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, University of York.

Contact details

Ms Claire Benson
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD