News & Events

Here you can find information about past and future project events, and news items about our research.


  • Rebecca Gill & Cornelis Muller, ‘The limits of agency: Emily Hobhouse’s international activism and the politics of suffering’, Safundi, Vol 19, Issue 1 (2018)

Talks and Lectures

  • Rebecca Gill and Helen Dampier, ‘Weaving the web of peace’: Emily Hobhouse and the Boer Home Industries, “Fili della trasmissione” conference, Università del Salento, December 2018.
  • Rebecca Gill and Helen Dampier, ‘Ministering Angels? Women and relief work in war and peace’,  ‘A Woman’s Place? Adult Talk Series’, Abbey House Museum, Leeds, 15 November 2018.
  • Helen Dampier and Rebecca Gill, ‘Shared Suffering? Emily Hobhouse and the translation of Tant’ Alie of the Transvaal: Her Diary 1880-1902‘, Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar Series, University of Oxford, 10 October 2018.
  • Helen Dampier and Rebecca Gill, Emily Hobhouse and Self-biography, 1899-1926: Reflections om her letters to R.I. Steyn, Historical Association of South Africa Conference, Bloemfontein, 20 June 2018.
  • Cornelis Muller, A contested legacy: The commemoration and memorialisation of Emily Hobhouse in South Africa, Historical Association of South Africa Conference, Bloemfontein, 20 June 2018.
  • Rebecca Gill presented ‘The Emotional Labour of Doing Relief Work and Writing About It: Emily Hobhouse’s ‘Martyr Complex’ 1899-1926, Gendering Humanitarian Knowledge: Global Histories of Compassion from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present, University of Geneva, 20 – 21 April 2018.
  • Helen Dampier and Rebecca Gill presented ‘Constructing a Humanitarian Self: Emily Hobhouse’s Auto/biographical Traces, 1899 – 1926’, European Social Science History Conference, Belfast, 5 – 7 April, 2018.
  • Rebecca Gill presented ‘Save the Children and the question of compassion for ‘enemy’ children’,  Vulnerables: Compassio I Cures D’infermeria en la Historira de L’Humanitarisme, CSIC, Barcelona, 8 March, 2018.
  • Helen Dampier presented ‘Forgotten Heroine? Recovering Emily Hobhouse 1899-1926’, Leeds Cultural Conversation Series, 7 March 2018.
  • Rebecca Gill and Helen Dampier presented The Emily Hobhouse Letters: Epistolary Networks and ‘Self-biography’ at a workshop hosted by The Lives and Afterlives of Letters Network at the University of Manchester on Friday 16 February 2018.
  • Helen Dampier and Rebecca Gill presented ‘A Powerful Peace Document’? Emily Hobhouse and Tant’ Alie of the Transvaal: Her Diary 1880-1902, Women’s History Network Conference, University of Birmingham, 1-2 September 2017.
  • Cornelis Muller presented “I’ve upset their applecart”: Emily Hobhouse’s activism as non-state actor during the period of reconstruction, 1902-1910, South African Historical Society Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 21-23 June 2017.
  • Rebecca Gill, ‘The Manchester Guardian, ‘liberal internationalism’, and the lessons of the Boer War’ –  ‘Comment is Free, but facts are sacred’: The Guardian in Local, National and Global History – conference, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, April 2017.
  • Rebecca Gill and Kate Law, ‘South Africa as Test Case?’ Emily Hobhouse and the international peace movement’ – Gendering the Peace conference, Sheffield University, 19-20 Jan 2017
  • Kate Law, ‘Forgotten Histories: Emily Hobhouse and the Home Industries Scheme‘, Vryfees Arts Festival, Bloemfontein, 14t July 2016.
  • Helen Dampier, ‘Researching the Letters of Emily Hobhouse’,The Social History Society Conference, Lancaster, 22 March 2016.

News Items

Forthcoming events

What can Emily Hobhouse’s 1927 book War Without Glamour tell us today about the cost of war, the ethics of humanitarian action, and the dilemmas of communicating suffering for a global audience? Who are the ‘innocent victims’, who has the authority to speak for them, and can they ‘speak for themselves’?  Whose suffering matters, and how do we select whose stories to tell? Join us for a provocative and lively discussion of the legacy of Hobhouse’s work for humanitarian agencies and journalists today. This is a tie-in event with the launch of the international touring exhibition War Without Glamour: the Life and Legacy of Emily Hobhouse.  ​

Panellists include leading photojournalist James Oatway; Savo Heleta, author of Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia; Rebecca Gill, author of Calculating Compassion: Humanity and Relief in War; a representative from Médecins Sans Frontières Southern Africa; and Helen Dampier and Cornelis Muller of the Emily Hobhouse Letters Project.

  • Rebecca Gill and Tatjana Eichert, 5-6 September 2019, Saving the ‘enemy’ child: Emily Hobhouse’s Leipzig feeding scheme and the origins of the international Save the Children movement (1919 – 1922), Humanitarianism and the ‘Greater War’, 1912 – 1923 Conference, Dublin.
  • Helen Dampier, 12-13 September 2019, ‘Saint Emily’: The Creation of Emily Hobhouse as a Heroine in South Africa, 1901 – 1926, The Hero and Heroism: Then, There and Now, Leeds Beckett University,