CfP deadline looming – Gendering the history of charity and voluntary effort



Gendering the history of charity and voluntary effort

A workshop for postgraduate and early-career researchers
University of Huddersfield, 9 March 2012

From medieval and early modern elite understandings of charitable
virtue to industrial cultures of mutual aid or contemporary
understandings of community engagement, gender has been critically
implicated in the history of voluntary action whether through the lens
of experience, performance or social systems.

This one day workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers
is the first of the VAHS New Researchers workshops in 2012 and is
supported by funding from the Economic History Society. The workshop
will explore how gender was figured in voluntary activity at the
levels of individual men’s and women’s lives and senses of self, the
social structures and cultural means through which it was sustained,
and its cultural legacies. We welcome papers which address these
themes across all historical periods and places, and in terms of both
men’s and women’s histories. We particularly encourage paper proposals
that consider methodological and conceptual issues.

Possible themes could include, but are no means limited to:

The role of family and social networks in building voluntary projects
and genealogies
Gendered spaces and politics of voluntary action
Strategies of self- and public-framing in voluntary effort
Cultural and gendered legacies of charitable and philanthropic engagement
Gender, the body and charity
Race, class and gender in charitable and voluntary projects
The workshop will end with an open discussion led by Daniel Weinbren
(Open University) and Jo Laycock (University of Manchester) at which
all attendees are invited to share and discuss issues raised
throughout the day and within their own research.

Download the Call for Papers from

Please email abstracts of 250 words to Tosh Warwick by 3 February 2012
at tosh.warwick