Workshop call for papers – Retailing and Community


Retailing and Community:

The Social Dimensions of Commerce in Historical Perspective

9 May 2019

University of Woverhampton

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution ­invites submissions for a workshop that aims to explore the social, activist and communal aspects of retail from a historical perspective.

Papers focusing on any historical period, geographical area or topic are welcome. We invite both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details below).

Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Co-operative and community shops
  • Retailer – community relations
  • Charity shops, fairs and bazaars
  • Not-for-profit retail and commerce
  • The material culture of charity
  • Charity, networks and sociability
  • Consumer protests and boycotts
  • Charity fund-raising and distribution networks

Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ presentations, also followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation to Laura Ugolini, at by 15 February 2019.

If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas before submission, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at

The workshop will be held at the University of Wolverhampton’s City Campus, a short walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations. Maps and directions are available HERE

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:

Charity fair detail2
Detail from ‘Garden of John Penn, St James’s Park: A charity fair for Charing Cross Hospital. Coloured lithograph by G. Scharf, 1830’. Courtesy of Wellcome Collection.

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