Historical Criminology Conference 2019

Devonport Police, 1913. Image credit: Plymouth City Council Central Library.

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This inaugural event of the BSC Historical Criminology Network (in association with the BSC South West Branch) provides an open forum for discussion of relations between past and present in criminological research. 

Historical perspectives can vitally enrich criminological thinking, and this conference will explore how engaging with the past contributes to understanding crime and justice today. In this way, it seeks to advance the network’s aim to promote, develop and embed historical approaches to criminology.

Confirmed plenary speakers

  • Professor Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Kate Lister, Leeds Trinity University

Call for Papers

The Historical Criminology Network invites proposals for papers discussing connections between past and present in crime and/or criminal justice (both broadly conceived). Presenters at all career stages are welcome. Papers which engage with multiple disciplinary perspectives, or which derive from interdisciplinary collaboration, are especially encouraged. Papers may address connections between past and present in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to) a focus on:

  • The historical origins of contemporary problems
  • Parallels between past and present 
  • The role of history and memory in public understanding of crime and justice
  • The status of the present as an historical period
  • The uses of history for criminological theory
  • ‘Historic’ crimes/injustices and their contemporary legacies

To submit a paper, please send a 200 word abstract to David Churchill (d.churchill@leeds.ac.uk) by Friday 8 February 2019. If you have any questions, please contact David in the first instance.

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Great Western Railway offer

We are pleased to have collaborated with GWR to offer our delegate discounted train travel via the following weblink www.gwr.com/conferences.

We advise that all delegates travelling to the conference have proof of attendance such as a confirmation letter/email or an entrance ticket, etc. When checking tickets the on-board manager may request to see this along with the travel ticket.

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