British Crime Historians Symposium

31st Aug 2018, 9:00am - 1st Sep 2018, 5:30pm

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In 2018 it will be a decade since the first British Crime Historians Symposium was held. This 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 the event is supported by ICE and will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

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

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

The conference is a residential conference, accommodation is available on campus.

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Clive Emsley Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper

We are pleased to invite submissions for the Clive Emsley Prize, the award made for best postgraduate paper presented at the biennial British Crime Historians Symposium.

The 2018 prize will be awarded to the paper that matches any of the following criteria:

  • Innovative methodologies
  • New perspectives on crime history
  • Makes a significant contribution to existing historical research

The winner of the prize will receive £100. The Clive Emsley Prize 2018 this year will be sponsored by Edge Hill University.

We welcome submissions from entrants at any level of postgraduate study.

You must submit your original paper prior to the first day of the symposium, along with your details.  Please submit your entry to by 5pm on 30 August 2018.

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