We have a new EPSRC PhD studentship opportunity available:
‘Information Extraction and Entity Linkage in Historical Crime Records’
Applications are invited for the above EPSRC project studentship commencing on 1 October 2018. This project will develop and refine information extraction techniques by working with one of the most intractable, largely unstructured, sources in the humanities, historical newspapers. Addressing a challenge identified during the recently completed project, the Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925, this project will develop methods of extracting information about crimes and police court trials from English newspapers for linkage to the existing ‘life archives’ of convicts in the Digital Panopticon.
Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 18 May 2018
Interviews: interviews will take place week commencing 4 June 2018
For more information please see:
This paper will present the methodology, argument, and some case studies from the book of the same title, which will be launched following the seminar at Blackwell’s bookshop. The talk will also demonstrate the innovative features of the book’s e-book edition.
The book charts the experiences of hundreds of thousands of Londoners who found themselves submerged in poverty or prosecuted for crime, and argues that through their responses plebeian Londoners influenced the pace and direction of social policy in the eighteenth century. The book illuminates the lives of prison escapees, expert manipulators of the poor relief system, celebrity highwaymen, lone mothers and vagrants, revealing how they each played the system to the best of their ability. In their acts of desperation, the authors argue that the poor and criminal exercised a profound and effective form of agency that changed the system itself, and shaped the evolution of the modern state.
About the speakers:
Tim Hitchcock is Professor of Digital History at the University of Susssex; Bob Shoemaker is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History at Sheffield. In addition to their individual publications, Tim and Bob co-directed Old Bailey Online and a series of successor projects in digital history. In 2011 they were the winners of the History Today/Longman Trustees Award for their ‘major contribution to history’ for the ‘groundbreaking’ Old Bailey and London Lives projects ‘that point the way to the future of the discipline’.
Following the seminar, you are warmly invited to the launch of London Lives: Poverty, Crime and the Making of a Modern City in Blackwell’s bookshop (the former Jessop West Exhibition Space) at 6pm. There will be refreshments and nibbles, and we would love to see you there
Dr Julia Hillner is interviewed by Dr Richard Flower at the University of Exeter. Watch the full discussion about cruel and unusual punishments, inequality before the law and why the Romans did (and didn’t) put people in prison.
Watch the full interview:
Julia’s new book: Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2015) is available here: