Home and Hearth. Gender and Energies within the Domestic Space, 19th-21st C.


Networks of power? Rethinking class, gender and entrepreneurship in English electrification, 1880-1924

School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.


School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK.

Traditional energy histories have treated electrification as an inevitability: the assumption has been that making cheap energy supply readily available for the masses required the energy efficiency uniquely attainable by large-scale networked electricity grids. While our account does not…

Making Coal Sharp: Gendered Consumers and Users of Mineral Fuel in the 19th Century United States

Department of History University of Florida

At the same time that urban American hearths and kitchens became dependent upon coal, proscriptive accounts of gendered domesticity grew in popularity. Buying coal was a man’s world, full of sharp dealings, underhanded sellers, and cutthroat competition. Using coal, on the other hand, was women’…

Electricity and the Changing Contours of Masculinity in Los Angeles, 1900–1930

Department of History, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

The electrification of households in Los Angeles provides an instructive window through which to study the changing contours of masculinity between 1900 and 1930. By examining advertising materials for electricity and electrical appliances by the two major power utilities in Los Angeles (…

The uptake of new domestic energy technology in the 1950s-1960s: how women got involved in France and the Netherlands

University of Twente
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Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE)

Access to clean and affordable energy services and technologies is a global concern as stated in global conventions and goals. Different energy needs and interests are identified between men and women. In the search for a just energy transition, the question emerges how to design an energy…