Calls for Papers, Conferences

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Call for Papers:  We are pleased to announce that the Voluntary Action History Society’s 25th Anniversary Conference will take place at the University of Liverpool, UK,  between 13th and 15th July 2016.


We are looking for papers which will provide insights into the development of voluntary action history in the past twenty-five 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
  • 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.

Prize for New Researchers

We will award a prize for the best paper presented by a new researcher – a graduate student, a postdoctoral researcher (within 3 years of degree) or an unpublished independent researcher. Please note that to be considered for the prize candidates must submit a copy of their full paper by 30 June 2016. 

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 no later than 31 December 2015.

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

Attending the event

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