Voluntary Action History Society Conference

Event Details

  • Event date: 08/07/2020 – 10/07/2020
  • Venue: University of Liverpool
  • CFP Deadline: 31/12/2019


We are looking for papers which will provide insights into the development of the history of voluntary organisations and volunteering in the past thirty years and address the challenges it faces in the future.

We are looking for papers which:

  • approach voluntary action history from local, national, international and transnational perspectives
  • explore subjects in a range of time periods, from the Middle Ages (or earlier) to the near-history of the twenty-first century
  • make use of a variety of methodologies, both traditional and innovative
  • are accessible to a broad audience of practitioners, activists, amateurs and academics

and which deal with subjects such as the following:

  • archival research: issues of preservation and access
  • bad behaviour and the dark side
  • expressive behaviours
  • leisure
  • the moving frontier between state and voluntary action
  • the increasing hybridity of voluntary organisations
  • organisational development and management
  • philanthropy, mutual aid and self-help
  • social justice and social change
  • teaching voluntary action history.

This list is indicative: we are open to proposals dealing with topics not listed above.

Submitting an abstract

If you would like to propose a paper, please submit an abstract of around 300 words and a brief biography by e-mail to mzimmeck@btinternet.com no later than 31 December 2019.

We will be happy to consider proposals for panels of up to four papers on a similar subject, although if this is your intention, please submit an abstract for each of the proposed papers.

If you have any queries or if you wish to discuss a proposed paper’s suitability, please e-mail Meta Zimmeck at mzimmeck@btinternet.com

Attending the event

Booking will open once the programme is finalised. Please note that all speakers must register for the conference.