Conference The Face of Crime : Explaining and Visualising Criminality in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Conference by Neil Davie, Professor of British History at Université Lumière Lyon 2.
Monday, October 14th 2019, 10-11am
Université Savoie Mont Blanc, site Jacob-Bellecombette, Amphi 23000
During the nineteenth century, the British were preoccupied, one might almost say obsessed, with both describing criminals and seeking explanations for crime. Indeed, many specialists hoped that by describing criminals in greater detail, they would be able to explain their actions, and possibly reduce crime. And the clock was ticking, many argued, because crime appeared to be rising inexorably! And to make matters worse, there were fears that in Britain's new industrialising, urbanising society, criminals were able to commit their crimes with little chance of being caught. But what if there was a reliable way of identifying criminals, and - possibly - future criminals by means of studying their faces? This talk examines the different techniques developed in Britain in the nineteenth century, aimed at the visual identification of criminals and explaining crime.
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