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Bob Pierik MA

PhD candidate


Gender and urban space in early modern Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam

Project: The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in
Promotor(es): Prof. dr. Geert Janssen, Dr Danielle van den Heuvel
Aanstelling: vanaf maart 2017

This NWO-project will investigate the gendered use of urban space in Amsterdam over the extended period of 1600 to 1850. The questions are how men and women took informal ownership of the streets and how gendered norms such as the ideal of domesticity for women influenced gendered presence and movement in streets. It provides a case study of Amsterdam in the context of the NWO VIDI project The Freedom of the Streets. Gender and Urban Space in Europe and Asia (1600-1850), in which Amsterdam and Edo (early modern Tokyo) are compared. The aim of the project is to provide a global history approach to assess the idea that women withdrew from public life and that separate spheres of life for men and women emerged in the modern city. For Amsterdam, issues of contestation between men and women of different social positions will be compared with social norms and regulations through the use of both textual and visual records on everyday use of urban space. Furthermore, street use in Amsterdam throughout the early modern period and into the modern period will be reconstructed and compared by mapping the locations mentioned in Amsterdam’s notarial archives.