Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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
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
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
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
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|
Monday, 7 September 2020
Photographing Crime Scenes in Twentieth-Century London
Friday, 4 September 2020
New Book Series
McGill-Queen’s University Press has announced the launch of a new book series which aims to bring together cutting-edge work on the history of criminal justice, welfare and other areas of social change and social policy.
Edited by Rosalind Crone and Heather Shore, works in the series will explore how people have negotiated the use of state power, and what social consequences have followed from state efforts to regulate, improve and otherwise shape people’s lives.
The series welcomes international scholars whose research explores social policy (and its earlier equivalents) as well as other responses to social need, in historical perspective.
Titles under advance contract in the series include #HCNet members. See the flyer for more details:
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Over the coming weeks and months, the #HCNet steering group will turn to plans for activities over the coming year (2020-2021).
Historical Criminology Network Chair Dave Churchill invites suggestions for events and initiatives, thoughts or comments by email. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave says "With historical criminology groups springing up in other parts of the world, perhaps we should take the opportunity to start a conversation across borders. Or perhaps this is the year to come together to discuss how to embed historical perspectives in teaching in criminology and related disciplines. Or perhaps a series of shorter events, spread over the year, would be the best way to keep in touch in a virtual environment."
What do you think? Comments also welcome below.
|Image by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay|
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Seven New Conversations in Historical Criminology
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Tuesday, 1 September 2020
10 September 2020 08:30 (UK) / 17:30 (NSW)
|Cockatoo Island Industrial Plant by Boyd159 via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0|
Monday, 31 August 2020
Call for Chapters
Kelly Stockdale and Michelle Addison have issued a call for chapters to contribute to a planned edited book: ‘Marginalised Voices in Criminology: Theory, Criminal Justice, and Contemporary Research’.
This inter-disciplinary and international collection seeks to engage with discussions and debates around power, colonialism, and identity, and how the criminological curriculum (re)produces doxa grounded in hegemony and privilege.
Authors interested in contributing should submit a 250-word abstract to email@example.com by 30 October 2020.
More details are provided in the full call, available to download or view below.
Sunday, 30 August 2020
To Preserve and Protect: Policing Colonial Brisbane
Thursday, 11 June 2020
Punishment and Society Special Issue
Submissions are sought for a special issue of the journal Punishment and Society, to be titled ‘Legacies of Empire’.
The Guest Editors say:
The special issue will examine the global legacy of empire and colonialism through its effects on the penal regimes and practices of former colonies. Submissions are sought which explore the historical patterns of penal journeys as well as the contemporary legacy of many of these phenomena, including the aftermath of colonial policies on Indigenous communities. Contributions are sought from history, sociology, law, and criminology, capturing interdisciplinary work in which the concept of ‘empire’ is broadly conceived, and which contribute to the field of punishment and society (e.g. through literature, theory, empirical material).
For scholars of crime and punishment, greater commitment than ever is necessary to engage with perspectives that critique the times in which we live. The intention of this special issue is to further the democratization of criminological knowledge and to create a space for voices which embrace southern criminological and postcolonial perspectives. We particularly welcome submissions from scholars based in the Global South.
Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to the guest editors (email below) by 15th August 2020. Submissions are received on a competitive basis and will be reviewed by the guest editors. A selection will be accepted and the full manuscript subject to peer review (deadline for submission of final manuscript TBC with contributors at a later date).
Lizzie Seal (University of Sussex, UK)
Bharat Malkani (Cardiff University, UK)
Lynsey Black (Maynooth University, Ireland)
Florence Seemungal (University of the West Indies Open Campus, Trinidad and Tobago)
Roger Ball (University of Sussex, UK)
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Wednesday, 10 June 2020
BSC Summer Newsletter
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Emerald Advances in Historical Criminology
|Illustration from John Reynolds, Triumphs of Gods Revenge and the Crying and Execrable Sin of (Wilful and Premeditated) Murther (London: A.M. for William Lee, 1670) via Public Domain Review.|
Monday, 8 June 2020
Private Security and the Modern State
|Book cover, copyright Routledge 2020|
Monday, 11 May 2020
The workshop is designed to bring together scholars to initiate conversations around common interests or new directions for research in criminology, and follows an earlier call for ideas.
Interested participants are welcome irrespective of disciplinary or institutional affiliation; participants do not have to be existing members of the Historical Criminology Network or the British Society of Criminology.
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
“13 yards off the big gate and 37 yards up the West Walls”: Crime scene investigation in mid-nineteenth-century Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Helen Rutherford and Clare Sandford-Couch will be sharing their research on the history of forensic investigation in Newcastle. They say:
“We have recently published on role of the uniformed police in crime detection in connection with a murder case in Newcastle in 1863, and are currently researching the role of the police in gathering evidence in a murder case from 1838. Our research into nineteenth-century policing in Newcastle indicates a level of sophistication in policing and a methodical, almost scientific, approach to crime scene analysis far earlier than has previously been appreciated.”
Network members may also be interested in a public lecture at Northumbria University by Professor Carole McCartney on 25th March 2020 titled 'The Forensic Science Paradox'. For more information visit the Northumbria University Events pages.
|Forensic Ornithologist Roxie Collie S. Laybourne (1912-2003) identifying bird feathers (c) Smithsonian Institution via Flickr.|
Friday, 14 February 2020
Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850
Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850 features twelve chapters, including an excellent introduction by Professor Adam which draws out the significance of the historical development of forensic knowledge to a variety of contexts. Two centuries, six countries and multiple disciplines are represented in the edited collection which is published by Palgrave MacMillan as part of their Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice series.
Some of the chapters develop ideas presented at past BCHS conferences, while others introduce new subjects. Several #HCNet members are among the chapter authors, including Angela Sutton-Vane who won the Clive Emsley Prize for the best postgraduate paper at BCHS 2018.
A list of the book chapters and authors is included below.
The CFP deadline for the next BCHS is 8th April 2020. More about the event here.
Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850: Introduction
Forensic Representations: Photographic, Spatial, Dental and Mathematical
Bodies in the Bed: English Crime Scene Photographs as Documentary Images
Amy Helen Bell
Murder in Miniature: Reconstructing the Crime Scene in the English Courtroom
The Biggar Murder: ‘A Triumph for Forensic Odontology’
Making Forensic Evaluations: Forensic Objectivity in the Swedish Criminal Justice System
The Professional Development of Forensic Investigation
The Police Surgeon, Medico-Legal Networks and Criminal Investigation in Victorian Scotland
‘13 Yards Off the Big Gate and 37 Yards Up the West Walls’. Crime Scene Investigation in Mid-nineteenth Century Newcastle upon Tyne
Clare Sandford-Couch, Helen Rutherford
The Construction of Forensic Knowledge in Victorian Yorkshire: Dr Thomas Scattergood and His Casebooks, 1856–1897
Laura M. Sellers, Katherine D. Watson
Reporting Violent Death: Networks of Expertise and the Scottish Post-mortem
The Media and Ethics in Constructing Forensic Objectivity
Detecting the Murderess: Newspaper Representations of Women Convicted of Murder in New York City, London, and Ireland, 1880–1914
Rian Sutton, Lynsey Black
‘Children’s Lies’: The Weimar Press as Psychological Expert in Child Sex Abuse Trials
Murder Cases, Trunks and the Entanglement of Ethics: The Preservation and Display of Scenes of Crime Material
|Book cover (c) Palgrave Macmillan|