Friday 14 February 2020

Recent publication featuring #HCNet authors

Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850

The biennial British Crime Historians' Symposium is coming up in September and it's always a great place to hear about current research in Historical Criminology and network with others. At a past BCHS conference, #HCNet member Alison Adam, Professor of Science Technology and Society at Sheffield Hallam University, sowed the seeds of an idea which came to fruition last month as a published book.

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
Alison Adam

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
Alexa Neale

The Biggar Murder: ‘A Triumph for Forensic Odontology’
Alison Adam

Making Forensic Evaluations: Forensic Objectivity in the Swedish Criminal Justice System
Corinna Kruse

The Professional Development of Forensic Investigation

The Police Surgeon, Medico-Legal Networks and Criminal Investigation in Victorian Scotland
Kelly-Ann Couzens

‘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
Nicholas Duvall

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
Heather Wolffram

Murder Cases, Trunks and the Entanglement of Ethics: The Preservation and Display of Scenes of Crime Material
Angela Sutton-Vane

Book cover features a print of a line drawing of a historic courtroom scene, washed out in bright blue, bearing the series title "Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice", book title "Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850", author "Edited by Alison Adam" and publisher "Palgrave Macmillan"
Book cover (c) Palgrave Macmillan

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