Charity Begins at Home: Approaches to the History of Domestic Space and Voluntary Action (Call for P

Venue: University of Warwick

Location: Coventry, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Mar 27, 2010 End Date/Time: Mar 27, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 10, 2010
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Postgraduates and early career researchers are invited to propose papers for this one day workshop. We welcome papers that discuss speakers’ experiences addressing issues in their own research on charity and the home.

Voluntarism in the domestic sphere presents particular methodological and evidential challenges. The aim of the event is to encourage an open and friendly forum for discussion on problems that researchers have encountered or anticipate, and for collective discussion on possible solutions and methodologies. Submissions are invited from all periods and locations. Papers might address the relationship between charity and the home in diverse ways:
• Charity emanating from the home, e.g., the home as a location for fundraising, a place for coordinating charity, the locus of collective action by families or neighbours
• Charity targeting the home, e.g., social work, religious outreach, benevolent funds), or as charity for those rejected from the home, e.g., unmarried mothers, foundlings
• Charity as the home, e.g., almshouses, nursing homes, hospices, or places of refuge and boarding
Proposals of up to 300 words (and any informal queries) should be e-mailed to Stephen Soanes at by 10 February 2010.


Additional Information

The event is free, but numbers are restricted, and will be prioritised for speakers. Please contact Stephen Soanes at for more information.