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Digital Panopticon

Extended deadline for our Digital Transformations PhD Project Studentships!

We are pleased to announce three new PhD studentships for 2014 entry attached to the AHRC funded Digital Transformations project, ‘The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’ a collaborative project between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Sussex, and Tasmania.

The project seeks to use innovative digital methodologies to investigate the penal outcomes of those convicted at the Old Bailey, by comparing imprisonment in Britain with transportation from Britain to Australia.

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 July 2014

Supervisor: Professor Bob Shoemaker

Find out more and apply here.

Studentship one: ‘The Social and Spatial Worlds of Old Bailey Convicts, 1785-1875’

This studentship will investigate the social and geographical origins and destinations of men and women convicted at the Old Bailey between 1785 and 1875, in order to shed light on patterns of mobility, the causes of crime, and understandings of identity in early industrial Britain.

Studentship two: ‘Criminal Recidivism in 18th and 19th-Century London’

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed the development of the concepts of habitual offending and the criminal class. Taking advantage of the extensive records of both petty and serious crime digitised and linked together by the Digital Panopticon project, this studentship will investigate these phenomena from the perspective of the judicial records, by tracing the incidence and character of repeat offending.

Studentship three: ‘The Impact of Digital Resources in the History of Crime’

This project will examine the impact of the widespread availability of digital resources on attitudes towards crime and its history. Core case studies will include the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, Founders and Survivors (records of the 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania), and the Digital Panopticon website.