Retailing and Community: The Social Dimensions of Commerce in Historical Perspective
The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) 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.