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New Directions in American Philanthropy Sheffield Hallam University 14-15 September 2017 - Call for papers

The purpose of this workshop is to engage in this debate concerning the positive and negative aspects of American philanthropy. It is hoped that the research presented will both challenge and further our understanding of the role of charity and philanthropy in American history. From small Church groups and missionary efforts to secular organisations and multi-million dollar foundations, research papers covering any aspect of the history of philanthropy in America will be encouraged. Possible topics for 20-30 minute papers include, but are not limited to:

Philanthropy in the early Republic

 Civil War and Reconstruction era philanthropy

 Women and philanthropy; women philanthropists

 African-American, Asian-American and Native-American philanthropists and philanthropy

 Philanthropy, philanthropists and the US economy

 The Big 3: Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller

 Beyond the Big 3: the history of other American foundations

 Philanthropy and American foreign relations

 Religious and secular philanthropy

 Charity and philanthropy in contemporary America


The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City University London). Proposals of no more than 250 words for papers should be sent to Dr Ben Offiler ( by 7 June 2017.