Auriane Terki-Mignot

PhD candidate in Economic History
Auriane Terki-Mignot

Originally from France, I completed my BA in History and MPhil in Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge.

I am currently a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

My doctoral thesis focuses on reconstructing patterns of female and male employment in France during industrialisation, covering the period 1792-1901.

Recent work on the British case has suggested that including female data in analyses is central to our understanding of both the chronology and mechanisms of industrialisation. However, data on women's work is, more often than not, missing - sometimes from historical sources, and often from analyses.

By beginning to recover this data through selected case studies for France, my research aims to:

- Provide an additional comparative perspective on the topic of European industrialisation;

- Provide a new avenue into debates on the 'French path' to industrialisation;

- Investigate historical determinants of female labour force participation and its evolution.

From a methodological perspective, I am particularly interested in how gendered historical perspectives on economic processes can function as a meeting point for cultural and quantitative approaches, and enable us to question and rework economic theory in context.

My thesis is supervised by Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor and Dr Alexis Litvine, and my studies are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

History Faculty:

  • Historical Argument and Practice
  • Part I Paper 10, British Social and Economic History 1700-1880 for the following topics:
    • The nature of industrial change
    • Consumption and material culture
    • The nature of work
    • The standard of living, 1700-1800
    • Gender and 18th-century society
    • Gender and 19th-century society

Economics Faculty: 

  • Part I Paper 5, British Economic History 

Recent conference papers include:

- 'Women's work and the debate on the 'French path' to industrialisation', Transnational History of French Industrialisation conference, Paris (2019)

- 'Patterns of female employment in France, 1792-1901', Occupational Structures in European History conference, Milan (Bocconi University) (2018)

- 'Patterns of female employment in Westmorland, 1787-1851', Invisible Hands: Reassessing the History of Work conference, Glasgow (2018)


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