The Symposium is jointly hosted by the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Keynote Speakers: Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five, and Professor Anindita Ghosh, author of Claiming the City: Protest, Crime and Scandals in Colonia Calcutta.

The conference welcomes proposals for papers, panels and other sessions concerned with the history of crime and criminal justice across medieval to modern history, especially (though not exclusively) in connection with Britain. This may include imperial and transnational histories that interrelate modern British history with global legacies of slavery and colonialism, as well as international exchanges about crime and punishment. Papers on all topics and periods within this broad remit are welcomed. In addition, this year’s conference particularly welcomes proposals that engage with the following:

  • Crime fiction/creative modes of writing the history of crime;
  • Crime, migration, and empire;
  • Spatial approaches to deviance, criminality and rehabilitation.

Image: ‘The Drama of the Criminal Court’, 1873. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.