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Network Representatives:

Call for papers for the Criminal Justice/Legal History Network of the Social Science History Association, Toronto, Ontario, 6-9 Nov. 2014.

The Criminal Justice/Legal History Network is part of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC). It is made up of historians, sociologists, economists, criminologists, geographers, lawyers, and other academics and independent scholars who are interested in the history of crime, policing and the law. The network includes scholars focusing on statistics and those exploring the meanings of narratives. The network’s purpose is to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and research across disciplines and methodologies. Many members of the network attend the annual meetings of the SSHA and the ESSHC to participate in sessions, roundtables, and poster displays that include the presentation of papers and discussions on important books, ongoing research projects and new research methods. In addition, members enjoy conference ‘Crime Gang’ dinners and other informal gatherings. While membership in the SSHA is necessary for participating in its conferences, it is not necessary for being a member of the Criminal Justice/Legal History network.

We welcome full sessions and papers on a wide range of topics but we are particularly interested in paper sessions that relate the larger theme of the conference to these topics.  Possible topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Use of Justice
  • Comparative studies in crime history
  • Judicial systems and minorities
  • Policing the police
  • Social control and the making of inequalities

The next SSHA conference is in Toronto, Ontario, November 6-9, 2013, on the theme Inequalities:  Politics, Policy, and the Past. Information on the conference is available on the SSHA website. Anyone with questions regarding the 2013 program of the Criminal Justice/Legal History Network should contact the network representatives, Michael Fortner This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Marion Pluskota This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The deadline for papers and sessions is February 14, 2014.

The next ESSHC conference will be in Vienna, Austria, April 23-26, 2014. You can access information on the conference and on the ESSHC on the ESSHC website.




The Deadline for Submission has been extended to March 17!