Welcome to the website for Beyond the home: new histories of domestic servants, an international conference being held at Oxford University on 7th and 8th September 2017.
Domestic service, in its various forms, has long provided one of the most significant sources of employment for men, women and children around the world. Existing studies have successfully explored the servant experience in their place of work, yet contributions made by servants outside the home – to social, cultural, economic and political life – have been little explored. The conference will be an opportunity to explore fresh perspectives on both the history of domestic service and its impact on society at a local and global level. The workshop will focus on developing our ideas around these themes with a view to publishing an edited collection of papers.
Beyond the home: new histories of domestic servants is sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Global History and generously funded by the Oxford Faculty of History, the Royal Historical Society and the Past and Present Society.