Forthcoming events

The VAHS New Researchers are currently planning a number of events for the 2013/14 academic year. These will include workshops and ‘Shut Up and Write’ meet-ups for the new VAHS writing group. Keep an eye on the website for details of the next Shut Up and Write session.

Coming in Early 2014

Oral Histories of Voluntary Action: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Our first confirmed event is a free one-day workshop at the University of York which will bring together new researchers who have used or are considering using oral history methods to explore the history of voluntary action and voluntary sector organisations.

Papers will focus on new researchers’ experiences of using oral history methods within the field of voluntary action history research. This will provide a space for new researchers to discuss the benefits and challenges of using oral history and share solutions for overcoming potential problems. The day will close with a round-table discussion led by experienced practitioners of oral history and voluntary action research. The round-table discussion will focus on the benefits and limitations of oral history methods. It will offer a chance for attendees to utilise the round-table panel’s expertise, to raise any current problems in need of troubleshooting and to obtain practical advice on interviewing.

We hope that this workshop will appeal to historians and social scientists with an interest in charities, volunteering and the voluntary sector.

This workshop is funded by the Humanities Research Centre and will take place in early 2014. For more information please contact and follow @b_lockyer on Twitter.

Past events

New Researchers were well represented at our fifth international research conference. This year we were especially pleased to be able to recognise the excellent work done by new researchers through the CGAP New Researchers Paper Prize, won by Claudia Soares, and the VAHS New Researcher Paper Prize, won by Gareth Millward. We also secured funding for two fully funded new researcher bursaries: Emily Baughan won the Economic History Society Bursary and Marie-Luise Ermisch won the History Workshop Journal bursary. To find out more about the conference see our conference storify.

VAHS New Researcher workshops have been held at universities across the UK on a wide range of topics. These have included child poverty, imperial benevolence and campaigning in contemporary society. For reports on each of these workshops, see here.

New Researchers have always been encouraged to share their work at in VAHS seminars. These seminars have been on topics ranging from religious and medical charity to student volunteers in interwar Romania. Since 2009 these seminars have been recorded, you can listen to these and find a list of older seminars by new researchers here.

The first VAHS New Researchers conference panel took place at the 2012 History Lab Conference. George Campbell Gosling, Sarah Flew and Chris Moores each gave papers addressing the theme of ‘agency’ in different areas of voluntary action history. You can read the panel abstracts here.


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