Open Kinship? Social and Legal Practices from Gender Perspectives (1450–1900)

Open Kinship? Social and Legal Practices from Gender Perspectives (1450–1900)

Conveners: Margareth Lanzinger, Julia Heinemann, Johannes Kaska and Janine Maegraith in cooperation with the FWF research project “The Role of Wealth in Defining and Constitut-ing Kinship Spaces from 16th to the 18th Century”, the research area “Economy and Society from a Perspective of Historical and Cultural Studies” and the Department of Economic and Social History
University of Vienna, Hauptgebäude (Main Building), Seminarraum Geschichte 1 (first floor)
Vom - Bis
26.09.2019 - 28.09.2019
Margareth Lanzinger

Over the past 20 years, historical kinship research has opened up numerous new perspectives: with regard to kinship as a concept and practice, to chronologies and transitions between differing logics of kinship, to kinship positions, figurations, and spaces, to kinship as a network of relationships and as an arena of conflict, and above all to kinship as a category of inclusion and exclusion. A central question is therefore: Who was actually included? Belonging was neither a fixed quantity nor a permanent status, but much rather situative. Belonging had to be repeatedly updated and renewed—and the perception of belonging could vary between those who defined it and those who claimed it. Belonging could be of differing strength, be limited to only certain contexts, be temporary and changeable, and/or be ambiguous and contested. Belonging was a matter of negotiation and was also fought over. And in structures of kinship, belonging is situated between claims, continuities, and all manner of conceivable breaking points. Furthermore, belonging—as well as inclusion and exclusion—was socially, legally, and gender-specifically coded.
In light of all the above, the objective of this conference is to ask as to the openness of kinship as a concept and practice across all social milieus from the late Middle Ages into the nineteenth century, as well as about changes that took place over time.


Thursday, 26 September 2019

13.30 - Reception & Registration
14.00 - Welcome & Greetings
Introduction - Margareth Lanzinger (Vienna) and Janine Maegraith (Cambridge/Vienna)

14.30-18.00 - Session 1: Labelling and Kinning
Chair: Grethe Jakobsen (Copenhagen)
14:30-15:15 - Jasmin Hauck (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt/Rome), Personae coniunctae: The limits of kinship in doctrine and practice of legal representation in the Later Middle Ages
15:15-16:00 - Sophie Ruppel (Basel), I offered him brotherhood, but he would only accept me as a father. “Kinning” in seventeenth century high aristocracy
16:00-16:30: Coffee Break
16:30-17:15 - Regina Schäfer (Mainz), Who is kin? Labelling family in court records of the fifteenth and sixteenth century
17:15-18:00 - Andrea Griesebner (Wien), Kinning and de-kinning in the context of marital conflicts and separation from bed and board

Friday, 27 September 2019

9:00-12.30 - Session 2: Rearranging Kin
Chair: Johannes Kaska (Vienna)
9:00-9:45 - Siglinde Clementi (Bozen/Brixen), Remarriage arrangements and inheritance practices in stepfamilies of the Tyrolean nobility in the early modern period
9:45-10:30 - Christine Walker (Singapore), Baptisms and the re-formation of the family in colonial Jamaica
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 - Luisa Stella de Oliveira Coutinho Silva (Frankfurt), Illegitimate children in the Captaincy of Paraíba: kinship and family relations in the colonisation of Brazil
11:45-12:30 - Rebecca Mason (Glasgow), Women on the margins: blended families and legal practices in the courts of seventeenth-century Glasgow

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-18:00 - Session 3: Family and Household Configurations
Chair: Janine Maegraith (Cambridge/Vienna)
14:00-14:45 - Marina Garbellotti (Verona), What made a man a ‘father’ or a woman a ‘mother’? Adoption and fosterage practices in early modern Italy
14:45-15:30 - Adina Eckart (Bamberg), Lucrezia de’Medici Salviati – a case study concerning the role of mothers in familial capital accumulation
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:45 - Evdoxios Doxiadis (Burnaby), Fathers and married daughters
16:45-17:30 - Benedetta Borello (Cassino), Brotherhood and brothers in seventeenth-century Rome: the cases of merchants, artisans, inn-keepers and painters
17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:00 - Keynote - Michaela Hohkamp (Hanover), Favourites, sweethearts and dar-lings – a kaleidoscopic survey of early modern modes of kinship and their epistemological settings from a historical-anthropological perspective – and beyond

Saturday, 28 September 2019

9:00-11:15 - Session 4: Law and Conflict
Chair: Julia Heinemann (Vienna)
9:00-9:45 - Marie Malherbe (Vienna/Rouen), Gender perspectives on civil trials in Venetian aristocratic families (1710-1820)
9:45-10:30 - Nicoleta Roman (Bucharest), Law, women and family. Dowry and inheritance in mid-nineteenth century Wallachia
10:30-11:15 - Isabelle Chabot (Padova), A fraternity without blood ties? Relations between brothers- and sisters-in-laws in Florence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 - Session 5: Inclusion – Exclusion
11:45-12:30 - Nathalie Büsser (Zurich), The patrimonialisation of the communal offices in the Old Swiss Confederation (fifteenth to eighteenth century)
12:30-13:15 - Dmitry Mukhin (Vologda), Setting the boundaries of families in northern Rus-sian villages at the end of the nineteenth century
13-15-13:45 - Final comment - Anna Bellavitis (Rouen)


Margareth Lanzinger

Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Universität Wien