CFP: British Crime Historians Symposium 2018

Event Details

  • Event date: 31/08/2018 – 01/09/2018
  • Venue: Edge Hill University
  • CFP Deadline: 30/03/2018

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Ian Burney (University of Manchester)
    Spatters and Lies: Forensic Cultures in the Sheppard Murder Trials, 1954-1966
  • Professor Eamonn Carrabine (University of Essex)
    ‘Reading Pictures: Art History and the Sociology of Punishment’


In 2018 it will be a decade since the first British Crime Historians Symposium was held. This biennial conference meets every two years as a forum for discussion, debate and the presentation of research for all aspects of the history of crime, law, justice, punishment and social regulation. It has become one of the most significant regular events in these research fields. Previous events (organised by the British Crime Historians Network) have been held at Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes (OU), Liverpool and Edinburgh.

This year’s conference welcomes scholars to submit panels or proposals related to any aspect of crime and/or the criminal justice system in the British Isles and its former colonies as well as comparative, international and transnational histories. Proposals offering interdisciplinary perspectives are also encouraged as are explorations of public history. We are keen to welcome papers from postgraduates and early career researchers.

Submissions will be invited for the Clive Emsley Prize for the best postgraduate paper.


The deadline for abstracts (200 words) for 15-20 minutes papers, panels (3-4 speakers) is 30 March 2018. Please submit to


For further information contact Professor Alyson Brown ( or Dr Alana Barton (

With the support of ICE, Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise