Voluntary Action in Changing Times: Creating History or Repeating it? Voluntary Action History Society’s (postponed) 7th International Conference

Event Details

  • Event date: 07/07/2021 – 09/07/2021
  • Venue: University of Liverpool

VOLUNTARY ACTION IN CHANGING TIMES: CREATING HISTORY OR REPEATING IT? Voluntary Action History Society’s 7th International Conference

Please note, this conference was originally due to take place in 2020 but has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Voluntary Action History Society Conference is looking for additional speakers for their 2021 conference. They 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. Specifically, 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
  • community economic development
  • social justice and social change
  • teaching voluntary action history.


Submitting an abstract

If you would like to propose a paper for 2021, please submit an abstract of around 300 words and a brief biography by e-mail to mzimmeck@btinternet.com.

They are 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

They plan to re-advertising the Conference in the autumn and opening booking in late spring. Please note that all speakers must register for the conference.