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240053 PS Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung - prüfungsimmament (4 ECTS) (2018W)

Investigating female entrepreneurship in nineteenth century Vienna

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Language: German

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Wednesday 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 10.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 24.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 24.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 07.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 07.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 21.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 21.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 05.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 05.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 16.01. 11:30 - 13:05 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 16.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 30.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5
Wednesday 30.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 5

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar investigates female entrepreneurial activity in nineteenth century Vienna and pays attention to the intersections of gender with other differentiating categories. At the centre of the course stands the question of how individuals created spaces to exert agency on different levels of practise (local, regional, state)? The seminar readings and discussions will shed light on historiographical debates concerning women and agency. Female entrepreneurs will be investigated on the basis of specific case studies paying close attention to their familial and community relationships. It is important to point to the gendered norms and legal frameworks that conditioned female business activities, but also to explore practises that (re-)negotiated and sometimes challenged these norms.
In the first sessions students will become familiar with general debates of gender historical research in relation to the topic of the seminar through guided reading and discussion. The seminar attendees will consider how to approach entrepreneurship and the tensions of agency and structure theoretically and methodologically. Each student will individually choose a primary source from several already transcribed documents and learn to formulate a main research question for their seminar paper. In preparation for this step one session will be dedicated to the practicalities of archival research. Throughout the course seminar participants will gain the ability to analyse theoretical and empirical scholarship and develop analytical research skills through writing a paper on the basis of selected primary source material and the seminar literature. The participation in discussions and the completion of the research paper will contribute to the students’ greater capacities for written and oral presentation of ideas and intellectual debate.

Assessment and permitted materials

(50%) Attendance, participation, discussion, small exercises, presentation of the chosen research topic and its progress.
Attendance is obligatory for a successful completion of the course. Absence is permitted for a maximum of two 90-minute units (since the course is offered as a block-seminar this equals to the absence on one Wednesday). Students read the required texts by the given date and participate in the discussions. Depending on the class size a number of students will prepare discussion questions for each unit. Small coursework exercises will be given as a preparation for the seminar paper.
(50%) Seminar paper. The paper can be written in English or German from a gender historical perspective.
The readings covered in the course serve as the basis for the analysis of primary source material. The final topic of the seminar paper must be developed with and confirmed by the course director. The paper will amount to about 15 pages: 40.000 characters (± 5%), including spaces, footnotes, title page, table of contents, bibliography (should consist of 1/3 monographs, 1/3 journal articles or chapters in anthologies and 1/3 online resources).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar focusses on in-depth reading and independent research. A positive overall grade requires a proactive performance in all seminar requirements. In addition to a good knowledge of English, the willingness to engage with questions from the field of gender research is a prerequisite.

Examination topics

Reading list

(Selection)
Aston, Jennifer. Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century England. Engagement in the Urban Economy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Bandhauer-Schöffmann, Irene. "Widows and Daughters: Austrian Business Women and Their Status in Family Firms in the 19th and 20th Centuries." Paper, International Economic History Congress. Helsinki 20.-25.05.2006, 22 pages.
Bandhauer-Schöffmann, Irene, und Regine Bendl, Hgg., Unternehmerinnen. Geschichte & Gegenwart selbständiger Erwerbstätigkeit von Frauen. (Frankfurt am Main/Wien: Lang, 2000).
Barker, Hannah. The Business of Women. Female Enterprise and Urban Development in Northern England 1760-1830 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Chapter 3: The ‘Public’ Face of Female Enterprise, 72-104.
Griesebner, Andrea. "Vom Brief zum Forschungsprojekt. Rekonstruktion des Forschungsprozesses oder Mikrogeschichte angewandt." In: wald Hiebl und Ernst Langthaler, Hgg., Im Kleinen das Große suchen (Innsbruck/Wien/München/Bozen: Studien-Verlag, 2012), 92-105.
Lepp, Claudia. "Verdeckt von Sombarts „smarten Männern“? Bedingungen und Merkmale von Unternehmerinnen von der Mitte des 17. bis zum Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts." Archiv für Kulturgeschichte 89/1 (2007), 91-112.
Purvis, June. "Using Primary Sources When Researching Women's History from a Feminist Perspective." Women's History Review 1, no. 2 (1992/06/01 1992), 273-306.
Rose, Sonya. What is Gender History? (Cambridge, UK: SAGE, 2010).
Shepard, Alexandra and Garthine Walker, eds. Gender and Change: Agency, Chronology and Periodization (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

Association in the course directory

BEd GSP 04, Aspekte und Räume 2: Österr. Gesch II, WiSo, Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte (5 ECTS)

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