Historical Criminology Conference 2019: Linking past and present in criminological research

Event Details

  • Event date: 09/04/2019 – 10/04/2019
  • Venue: University of Plymouth
  • CFP Deadline: 08/02/2019

Confirmed plenary speakers: Prof Barry Godfrey (University of Liverpool), Dr Kate Lister (Leeds Trinity University)


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.


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.