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Forthcoming Events

Follow these links to see details of forthcoming seminars and conferences organised by members of ICHPCJ.



The centre regularly organises one-day seminars at The Open University with participants drawn from across Britain and Europe. Attendence is diverse and often includes serving police officers as well as academic researchers and other interested parties. Forthcoming seminars are listed here, and details of past seminars can be found on the past events page. In addition, the Centre also runs a mailing list which can be subscribed to on our 'further information' page.

12 July 2012
Work in Progress Seminar
Presentation Room, Michael Young Building

On Thursday 12 July 2012, the ICHCPJ at the Open University will be hosting a ‘work in progress’ seminar. To reserve a place, please complete the booking form and return by 6 July 2012 to Yvonne Bartley

10:30-11:00: Arrival, tea and coffee

11:00-12:00: Georgina Sinclair (Open University) and Melissa Bull (Griffith University/ CEPS) ‘Keeping the peace at home: the exchange of capacity in international and local policing forums’

12:00-13:00: John Moore (University of the West of England) ‘An unwelcome colonial penal experiment: How the trial of Alexander Maconochie’s “Mark System” on Norfolk Island penal settlement between 1840 and 1844 was viewed from New South Wales’

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Marion Pluskota (University of Leicester) ‘Researching the criminal corpse in eighteenth-century France’

15:00-16:00: Matt Neale (University of Leicester/ IHR) ‘Geographies of crime and policing in eighteenth-century Bristol’

Conferences and Workshops

British Crime Historians Symposium
6-7 September 2012
The Open University, Milton Keynes

Following on from the success of the British Crime Historians Symposia at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008 and Sheffield University in 2010, the Open University is pleased to host the next in Milton Keynes on September 6th and 7th, 2012.

We would like this to be an opportunity for all those who work on the criminal justice history of the British Isles, or on other topics illuminated through criminal justice archives, to participate. Proposed papers cover a range of aspects of the history of criminal justice in the British Isles.

Proceedings include keynote papers from Clive Emsley and Edward Higgs, as well as panels of papers on methodologies and geographies of crime. The full programme can be downloaded here: Word (54KB) PDF (29KB)

Registration for the conference is now open. To register, please download and complete and registration form, and send it with payment to Yvonne Bartley at the Open University (full address is provided on the form): Word (99KB) PDF (37KB). Places are limited, so please do register as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please email the organisers at




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