Philanthropy, Patronage, & Urban Politics:

Transatlantic Transfers between Europe and North America in the 19th and 20th Century


An International Symposium of the University of Toronto in collaboration with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.


The Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

May 3-5, 2001


Paper abstracts are available (via hyperlinks below) as Adobe PDF files


A selection of conference papers has already been published:

Zwischen Markt und Staat: Stifter und Stiftungen im transatlantischen Vergleich, ed. Thomas Adam and James Retallack  (= Special Double Issue of Comparativ 11 [2001], nos. 5-6). Leipzig:  Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2001. Pp. 190.  ISBN  3-935693-66-4.


Other papers are forthcoming as:

Philanthropy, Patronage, and Civil Society: Experiences from Germany, Great Britain, Canada and America, ed. Thomas Adam. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003.


Thursday, May 3rd

 Keynote Address and Reception


7:30 p.m., Combination Room, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.


Welcome to the Delegates:

   Janice Gross Stein, Director, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto        


Keynote Speaker:         

   Jon Dellandrea, Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, University of Toronto

    “Philanthropy, the Private Sector, and Higher Education”


Reception for the Delegates and Registered Participants

Private Dining Room, Trinity College

Friday, May 4th

 I     Cultural Philanthropy and the Upper Classes


9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  All sessions will be held at the Munk Centre, North House, Rm. 208N.

Commentator: Andreas Daum, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.


Social Patriotism and Left Liberalism:  The Hamburg People’s Home, 1901-1914

Jennifer Jenkins, Washington University, St. Louis


Cultural Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century Leipzig

Margaret Menninger, Southwest Texas State University


For the Love of Science?  Ethnographic Museums and their Patrons in Imperial Germany

Glenn Penny, University of Missouri at Kansas City


 II     Transatlantic Philanthropy in Comparative Perspective


11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Commentator:  John Ingham, University of Toronto


Charity, Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and the Atlantic Culture

Peter Dobkin Hall, Harvard University


“Civil Society” – “Civil Societies?” A Comparative Approach to Philanthropy for Art Museums at the Turn of the Century

Karsten Borgmann, Freie Universität Berlin


Philanthropy and the Shaping of Social Distinctions in Nineteenth-Century American, Canadian, and German Cities

Thomas Adam, University of Toronto


 III     Jewish Philanthropy and Embourgeoisement


2:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Commentator: Derek Penslar, University of Toronto


Jewish Philanthropists and Political Bürgerlichkeit before World War I

Simone Lässig, Technische Universität Dresden


From Rabbinical Study to Civic Responsibility: Gender and Jewish Associations in Germany, 1750-1870

Maria Baader, University of Toronto


Ethnic Difference and Civic Unity:  Jewish Philanthropy in the Nineteenth-Century City – a German-American Comparison

Tobias Brinkmann, Leipzig


IV     Philanthropy and the Scientific Enterprise


5:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Commentator: Gabriele Lingelbach, Universität Trier


Science and Philanthropy in Wilhelmine Germany

Eckhardt Fuchs / Dieter Hoffmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin


The Disease of War. The Rockefeller Foundation and Social Sciences in Germany during the Inter-War Period (1919-1939)

Daniel Porsch, Universität Tübingen


Small Atlantic World: U.S. Philanthropy and the Expanding International Exchange of Scholars after 1945

Oliver Schmidt, Bertelsmann Stiftung



Saturday, May 5th


V     Art, Culture, Politics: Practices of Inclusion & Exclusion


10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Commentator: Jean Quataert, SUNY Binghamton


Celebrating the Ordinary?  Patronage in Modern German and American Popular Entertainment

Marline Otte, Tulane University


Aby Warburg and Art in Hamburg’s Public Realm

Mark A. Russell, Toronto


Patronage, Privilege, and Political Elites in Saxon Cities: Who Could Vote for Whom?

James Retallack and Thomas Adam, University of Toronto


VI      From the 19th to the 20th Century:  Philanthropy and the Third Sector


1:30 –3:30 p.m.

Commentator: Roger Keil, The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University / Université de Montréal


Self-Help, Philanthropy, and State Aid:  Ideological Poles in the Emergence of Co-operatives in Germany, c. 1848-1862

Brett Fairbairn, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan


Between the State and the Market:  Voluntary Action and Social Housing in London, 1840-1914

Susannah Morris, London School of Economics


Voluntary Worlds: Nonprofit Organizations, “The Establishment,” and Diversity in the Great Cities of the United States, 1800-2000

David C. Hammack, Case Western Reserve University


VII   Final Remarks


3:30-4:00 p.m.

The conveners (Thomas Adam, Eckhardt Fuchs, and James Retallack) wish to thank the following for their generous financial support:


The University of Toronto (The Office of the Vice-President and Provost; the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International Relations; the Faculty of Arts and Science; the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; the Department of History; the Jewish Studies Program; the DAAD / University of Toronto Joint Initiative in German and European Studies; the Centre for International Studies; and the Munk Centre for International Studies at Trinity College); the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.; the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, York University / Université de Montréal; the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Sonderforschungsbereich 437, Universität Tübingen; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

This information is provided by the Department of History at the University of Toronto. 

All contents (c) 2001-03 James Retallack. All rights reserved.
Last Updated:  6 August 2003.