School of History, Classics & Archaeology

British Crime Historians Symposium

The British Crime Historians Symposium 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, policing, punishment and social regulation.

Event description

This year’s conference includes a wide range of papers that examine topics relating to the British Isles and its' former colonies.

Papers also address the following key themes:

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Comparative, international and transnational histories
  • The relationship between past and present


Confirmed Keynotes Speakers are:

  • Professor David Garland (New York University)
  • Dr Julia Laite (Birkbeck, University of London)


The provisional programme is now available:


Registration for this event opens on 1st June.  Registration link is available here.

The registration fee is £130 (waged/employed) or £40 (postgraduate/unwages/unemployed).

Accommodation in Edinburgh

Recommended budget accommodation near the venue - Kenneth McKenzie Suites:

Hotels within 10 minutes walking distance of the conference venue include:

Ibis, South Bridge

Novotel, Lauriston Place

Ten Hill Place

Marriott Residence Inn

Further information

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the symposium committee: Chloe Kennedy (School of Law, University of Edinburgh); Louise Jackson, David Silkenat and Rian Sutton (School of History Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh).

British Crime Historians Symposium 5

  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details

Previous events

Previous events (organised by the British Crime Historians Network) have taken place in Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes (Open University) and Liverpool.


British Crime Historians Symposium

The fifth British Crime Historians Symposium will take place at the University of Edinburgh from 7-9 October 2016.

University of Edinburgh