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Gendering the commons

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Professor Briony McDonagh

Professor Briony McDonagh
Interim Director of the Energy and Environment Institute & Professor of Environmental Humanities

Project Description

Interest in the politics of land and property has undergone a recent resurgence with commons celebrated as models for sustainable living and a politics of inclusion. Yet whilst scholars recognise that commons were never public spaces open to all, the existing literature is remarkably gender blind. Women’s experiences of commons and enclosure have been unproblematically equated with men’s, even whilst we know that gender shaped early modern women’s lives in important ways. This agenda-setting project offers a new feminist historical geography of the landscape, critically examining – for the first time – the implications of gender for the early modern commons.

Status Project Complete
Funder(s) The Leverhulme Trust
Value £55,000.00
Project Dates Jan 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022
Partner Organisations No Partners

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