Home of the BSC Historical Criminology Network
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
New book by our new network Chair coming soon
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Portraits of crime? The ethics of displaying real lives and people
Online event 7 December 2021.
|Johanna Bockman, Page from Just Busted (2013) a 'mugshot tabloid'.|
Monday, 8 November 2021
New collection of primary sources
Nineteenth Century Crime and Punishment
Friday, 8 October 2021
New Historical Criminology book
History & Crime: A transdisciplinary approach.
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Looking Forward: The Path Ahead…
a message from new Chair Esmorie Miller
As #HCNet moves forward, it is worth remarking that this can best be guided by footprints firmly established, thus far. Over the past few years, for instance, our increased membership has inevitably enriched our events as the diversity of topics presented offered some clarity on the diverse paths historical criminology can take. Examples include a broad concern with historicization, to more specific thematic explorations on areas like decolonization and indigenization of knowledge and practice. Thus, the network’s move forward into the next phase, so to speak, seems best guided by what members want.
I use this question as my starting point to emphasize what can be gained from a historical approach, in general, and historical criminology, more specifically. What do members want? The notably growing receptivity to historical criminology has manifested, thus far, in two identifiable areas: the first concerns pedagogy—how to normalize and integrate historical criminology, in the classroom; meanwhile, the second concerns epistemological—how to normalize and integrate historical methods, in criminological research.
Listening to colleagues, in recent events, has helped to give a sense to us all of how we might approach developing and concretizing our individual approaches. Listening has contributed greatly, giving more clarity (with much room to grow) about how to move from ambition to practice. The possibilities for concretization have become more probable as #HCNet forms wider contacts with other historical networks and members have the possibility for discussing and sharing ideas and approaches.
More of this is anticipated. I look forward to continuing rich and diverse interaction. Thank you for having me onboard.
|T. Cook after W. Hogarth, A courtroom scene with a judge, a pregnant woman, a guilty looking man and an angry wife. CC BY 4.0 Wellcome Collection no 28655i via Look & Learn|
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Looking Back: The Story so Far…
a message from outgoing Chair David Churchill
It’s been a pleasure to chair #HCNet over the past few years. The Network was founded on the hunch that, besides the various networks of crime historians already in existence, a Network organized around historical scholarship in criminology might serve a useful purpose.
Formed originally of just a dozen people, the Network now has almost 100 members. Its reach is international, taking in scholars in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and elsewhere. Similar networks have since sprung up in other parts too, including the Australian and New Zealand Historical Criminology Network, the American Society of Criminology Division of Historical Criminology and the revival of the European Society of Criminology Historical working group.
We have come together for events of various kinds – from the 2-day Plymouth conference in 2019, to the thematic workshops in 2020, to this year’s international networking event (jointly organized with the ANZ Network). Each has forged connections and sparked new conversations in its own way – and new collaborations and joint projects have resulted.
It also seems to me that criminology at large is becoming increasingly receptive and responsive to historical research. Historical articles are becoming somewhat more common in major criminology journals. There are more historical papers at the BSC Conference than there were a few years ago. Joint projects are more a feature of the research landscape.
All in all, things look well for #HCNet moving forward. My deepest thanks to all those (you know who you are!) who have helped to keep the show on the road over the past few years. And I wish Esmorie every success in taking the Network on to the next stage.
|Extract from Samuel G. Szábo’s Rogues, A Study of Characters (1857) (c) Public Domain.|
Read the article at Public Domain Review.
Monday, 21 June 2021
Joint Historical Criminology Networks Event
14 July1. PhD/ ECR Support: what to expect from supervisors, mentors, and how senior colleagues should support you; presenting the impact of your research. Start time: 6pm AEST; 8pm NZST; 9am BST. Professor Barry Godfrey (University of Liverpool) and Distinguished Professor Rob White (UTAS Criminology) will lead this session.2. Digital data methods and historical criminology: with the increased digitisation of archival records, how do digital data methods interact with historical criminology? Start time: 6.45pm AEST; 8.45pm NZST; 9.45am BST. Dr Alana Piper (UTS) will lead this session (BSC Network lead to be confirmed).3. Researching more recent histories: thinking historically about the mid-to-late twentieth century – or the present day. Start time: 7.30pm AEST; 9.30pm NZST; 10.30am BST. Dr Paul Bleakley (Middlesex University & ANZ Network member) and Dr Thomas Guiney (Oxford Brookes University) will lead this session.15 July4. Decolonisation and Indigenisation: how can historical criminologists decolonise their research and Indigenise the work they do? Start time: 6pm AEST; 8pm NZST; 9am BST. Dr Michael Guerzoni (Indigenous Fellow, UTAS Criminology) and Dr Esmorie Miller (London South Bank University) will lead this session.5. Criminalisation and policing of women: the criminalisation of any deviance from ideal womanhood have always been about controlling women and oftentimes this has been through using the police as an arm of the state. Start time: 6.45pm AEST; 8.45pm NZST; 9.45am BST. (Session leads to be confirmed.)6. Vulnerabilities of victims in the criminal justice system: criminology is often forgetting about victims. In this session focus will be on how victims of crime have experienced the various criminal justice systems. Start time: 7.30pm AEST; 9.30pm NZST; 10.30am BST. Dr Natalie Maystorovich Chulio (University of Sydney) will lead this session (BSC Network lead to be confirmed).
|Hand vintage line drawing by Artsybee via Pixabay|
Thursday, 13 May 2021
New book on police reform
Provincial Police Reform in Early Victorian England: Cambridge, 1835-1856
Provincial Police Reform in Early Victorian England: Cambridge, 1835-1856, published by Routledge, is the latest addition to the longstanding debate on the genesis of the ‘new’ police in England. As the blurb explains, the book examines ‘the process of police reform, the relationship between the police and the public, and their impact on crime in Cambridge’.
Further information on the book, together with a discount code, are available in the flyer below..
Monday, 10 May 2021
100 Years of the Infanticide Act: Legacy and Impact
Call for abstracts and titles.
"The collection will focus on the impact, legacy, and future of the infanticide law, starting with its enactment in 1922 and focusing on the current law as found in the Infanticide Act 1938. We are interested in receiving contributions which consider the infanticide law in England and Wales and in other jurisdictions from doctrinal, theoretical, socio-legal, medico-legal, and legal history perspectives.Our intention is to bring together a range of scholars who have made important contributions to our understanding of this law. This includes scholarship from across the globe that engages with the criminal law and criminal justice responses to infanticide in other jurisdictions, whether they have enacting specific legislation on this issue or taken a different approach.In particular, we are interested in contributions which consider (but are not limited to) the following issues:
- How the infanticide law has been interpreted and used as part of the criminal justice response to women who kill their babies
- Theoretical and doctrinal analyses of the offence/defence of infanticide
- How the infanticide doctrine fits in with and relates to the broader framework of capacity-related criminal defences
- Evidential issues arising from the use of the infanticide law
- The future outlook for this law, particularly with regard to considerations for abolishing or reforming it
- Medico-legal critiques of the medical rationale of the law
- Feminist critiques of the law
- Infanticide laws (or lack thereof) in other jurisdictions
We have interest from and are working with Hart Publishing to develop a book proposal. The editors warmly welcome submissions from academics and researchers, as well as legal professionals. Please submit a 200-word abstract of your proposed chapter to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before May 31st 2021. We will be asking authors to work to the following deadlines:
Deadline for abstracts
End of May 2021
Informal online workshop to present chapter focus
Author first drafts due
End of March 2022
Final chapters (following editorial review) due
Thursday, 8 April 2021
British Society of Criminology Conference 2021
Call for abstracts.
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Punishment and Empire
Virtual reading group
|John Johnson, 'Mrs Fry reading to prisoners in Newgate' (c.1860s) via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0|
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
British Crime Historians Symposium 2021
Call for papers
The British Crime Historians Symposium (BCHS) meets regularly to discuss and debate original historical research on all aspects of crime, policing, punishment, law, criminal justice and social regulation. For the first time in its history, it will be hosted fully online on Zoom. The conference will take place on 2-3 September 2021 and feature a keynote presentation from Professor Randolph Roth (Ohio State University).
Interested in participating? Choose from a range of presentation formats, detailed in the full call for papers (below for view or download). Please send proposals by email attachment to email@example.com by 28 May 2021.
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Online Seminar Series Starts Soon
Crime and Justice Research Group @LSBU
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Feminist Perspectives on Women's Violence
Call for Abstracts.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
#HCNet Chair Vacancy
When #HCNet - the British Society of Criminology's Historical Criminology Network - was established in September 2018, it was
agreed that the Chair’s term should normally run for three years. As such, we
will be looking to appoint a new Chair of the Network later this year (2021).
The Chair is responsible for the overall direction and running of the Network, and is invited to join the British Society of Criminology Executive Committee. Chairs of BSC networks should usually have been members of the BSC for at least one year – though a handover period may be possible for newer members interested in taking on the role.
A call for volunteers will be issued in the Spring. In the meantime, please give some thought to taking on this role. If anybody would like to discuss what is involved, please get in touch with the current Chair, David Churchill: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Chairs. CC0 (unlimited use) via pxhere.com.|
Monday, 18 January 2021
Punishment in global peripheries
Call for papers.
Luiz Dal Santo and Maximo Sozzo have issued a call for papers for a conference on ‘Punishment in Global Peripheries: Contemporary Changes and Historical Continuities’ at the University of Oxford, 24-25 June 2021.
This event seeks to counter the Northern and Western focus of much scholarship in criminology and the sociology of punishment, and to bring an historical perspective to bear on the legacies of colonialism and imperialism for penality in other parts of the world.
Interested in presenting a paper? If so, an abstract of up to 500 words by 22 March 2021 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and affiliation. Decisions shall be communicated by 29 March 2021
Further details are provided in the full call which can be viewed and/or downloaded below.
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Social Science History Association Conference
Call for Papers.
The Crime, Justice and the Law Network of the Social Science History Association have issued a call for papers for the SSHA Conference in Philadelphia, 11-14 November 2021.
The theme of this year’s conference – ‘Crisis, Conjunctures, Turning Points: Theory and Method in Turbulent Times’ – addresses the uses of history in explaining the present. The Crime, Justice and the Law Network also particularly welcome interdisciplinary panels straddling history and the social sciences.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 February 2021. For more information, or to make a submission, visit the SSHA website. This link includes the overall conference Call for Papers.
The specific Call for Papers from the Crime, Justice and the Law Network can be downloaded/viewed below.
Saturday, 16 January 2021
Path dependencies and criminal justice reform
Call for abstracts.
Thomas Guiney, Ashley Rubin and Henry Yeomans have issued a call for abstracts for a special issue of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice on ‘Path Dependencies and Criminal Justice Reform: Investigating Continuity and Change across Historical Time’.
This issue – which arises out of a workshop held at the #HCNet virtual event last year – aims to explore the theoretical potential of ‘path dependency’ to explain institutional stability, incremental reform, and periods of rapid policy change in criminal justice.
Submit an abstract (300 words) and short biography (100 words) by 5 March 2021 to: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; and email@example.com. The organisers plan to hold a virtual symposium in November 2021 to discuss draft papers, ahead of submission for peer review in February 2022.
Friday, 15 January 2021
Security and the Security Industry in Modern Britain
New project launches.
#HCNet Network Chair David Churchill has begun a new research project: ‘Security for sale in modern Britain: security provision, ensembles and cultures, 1785-1995’.
Funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, this project will document the rise of the security industry and analyse the economic, social and cultural consequences of security commodification in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Further information on the project is available on the University of Leeds website at this link.
|The Chubb Detector Lock and Mechanism [19thC] (c) Chubb Archives|