2022 Conference



Given the continuing coronavirus outbreak, we have sadly but sensibly postponed the conference until next year (again), when we hope that that the situation will have improved and research (and life generally) will be getting back to normal. In taking this step we have followed many other scholarly associations which have similarly postponed their conferences.

We have rescheduled our conference for the same venue (University of Liverpool) and almost the same dates – 13–15 July 2022.

Our speakers have rallied round and will be with us next year.

We have room for other speakers in the programme, and if you are interested, please get in touch (see below). 

We are still 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. 

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
  • 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 2022, please submit an abstract of around 300 words and a brief biography by e-mail to mzimmeck@btinternet.com

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 mzimmeck@btinternet.com

Attending the event

We will be re-advertising the Conference in the autumn and opening booking in late spring. Please note that all speakers must register for the conference.