Welfare, Humanitarianism and Social Action

How have languages, meanings and practices of welfare, humanitarianism and social action changed over time? How have historians engaged directly or indirectly with these and allied concepts? How might work on these histories connect with social justice?

This strand welcomes proposals for papers and panels on these and other themes including: poverty and welfare; charity and voluntary action; philanthropy and giving; humanitarian aid; human rights; civil rights; social movements; social action; distributive justice and more. It welcomes contributions from all time periods, and interdisciplinary work drawing on, for example, political thought, social theory, geography, literature and economics. The strand is also interested in submissions covering innovative teaching connected to its core themes.

Submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Strand Convenors