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British Philanthropies 1750-1914

Reforming and Redeeming the World and the Metropolis

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Publié le mardi 17 décembre 2013 par Luigia Parlati

Résumé

This one-day conference wishes to explore those concurring and complementing aspects and the evolutions that philanthropy underwent between 1750 and 1914 in the British Empire and the metropolis. PhD and postgrad students whose researches focus on philanthropic endeavours and societies, missionary organizations and/or philanthropic literature from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century are more than welcome to speak on this occasion. Speakers are also invited to reflect on the historiographical perspectives of those issues and discuss their representations and treatment in school curricula, commemoration events and ceremonies, such as the 2007 Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.

Annonce

Argument

Conjuring up images of Wedgwood cameos picturing the famous ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’ slave or Oliver Twist asking for more gruel in a London parish workhouse, British philanthropy took on so many shapes in the 18th and 19th centuries that it almost seems accurate to talk about British philanthropies. The efforts to promote the physical and spiritual well-being of others were manifold between 1750 and 1914, whether they originated from missionary organizations and church officials, lay individuals, poor nobodies or wealthy tradesmen. These philanthropic endeavours were often tarnished by those who questioned the real purpose of these humanitarian concerns. Be that as it may, the range of activities operated by those philanthropic networks seemed to know no boundaries: their targets included the British poor as well as the spiritually destitute slaves and heathens of far-off lands, resulting in a sometimes tense relationship between the home and the foreign philanthropic fields – what Dickens denounced as ‘telescopic philanthropy’ in the 1853 novel Bleak House.

This one-day conference wishes to explore those concurring and complementing aspects and the evolutions that philanthropy underwent between 1750 and 1914 in the British Empire and the metropolis. PhD and postgrad students whose researches focus on philanthropic endeavours and societies, missionary organizations and/or philanthropic literature from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century are more than welcome to speak on this occasion. Speakers are also invited to reflect on the historiographical perspectives of those issues and discuss their representations and treatment in school curricula, commemoration events and ceremonies, such as the 2007 Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.

Main axes

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • evolution of the face of philanthropy in the Georgian and Victorian eras: saving bodies, saving souls? Reforming bodies, redeeming souls?
  • new means of actions, new strategies: funding, promotion, campaigning strategies, results
  • philanthropic networks, societies, and publications (pamphlets and journals): actors, readerships, modes of appropriation and action
  • philanthropic networks and the political sphere: the philanthropists in Parliament
  • missions and humanitarianism: denominational charity, mission work at home and abroad
  • women and philanthropy: philanthropy as a sphere of action for women
  • children and philanthropy: targets of philanthropic societies and tools of promotion
  • paupers, slaves and heathens: telescopic philanthropy; philanthropic rivalries at home and overseas
  • the home field and overseas: connected networks? (personnel, funding, representations)
  • anti-slavery movement and societies: national and local societies and their publications
  • local philanthropies: reforming cities
  • detractors of philanthropy
  • philanthropy and social control in the metropolis and in the colonies
  • enlightened philanthropy: science and humanitarianism
  • philanthropy in Georgian and Victorian visual culture (engravings, paintings, photography); promoting or caricaturing philanthropy
  • philanthropy in literature
  • philanthropy as a distinctively British feature? Philanthropy and Britishness, patriotism
  • institutionalized philanthropy? Charity and the State (workhouses, prisons)
  • the missionary/philanthropic narrative and its longevity in British public and community history
  • the treatment of missions and philanthropy in the History National Curriculum

Dr Alison Twells (Sheffield Hallam University) will deliver the conference’s keynote speech, unfolding the history of the philanthropic narrative in Britain and assessing its longevity in British public and community history.

Dr Twells is the author of The Civilising Mission and the Middle Class: The Heathens at Home and Overseas, 1792-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Submission guidelines

One-page proposals are due by January 31st, 2014 

and should be sent to Maud Michaud (maud.michaud1@univ-lyon2.fr) and/or Mélanie Cournil (melanie.cournil@univ-lyon2.fr).

This conference will be hosted on June, 17th 2014 in the Université Lyon 2/ENS campus in Lyon, France.

Responsable : Maud Michaud - Mélanie Cournil

Lieux

  • Université Lyon 2/ ENS Lyon campus - 86, rue Saint Georges
    Lyon, France (69)

Dates

  • vendredi 31 janvier 2014

Fichiers attachés

Mots-clés

  • philanthropy, missions, Empire, charity, metropolis

Contacts

  • Michaud Maud
    courriel : Maud [dot] Michaud1 [at] univ-lyon2 [dot] fr
  • Cournil Mélanie
    courriel : melanie [dot] cournil [at] univ-lyon2 [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • Michaud Maud
    courriel : Maud [dot] Michaud1 [at] univ-lyon2 [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« British Philanthropies 1750-1914 », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mardi 17 décembre 2013, http://calenda.org/269783