Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

A major, multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Wellcome Trust, investigating the meanings, treatment, and uses of the criminal corpse.

Welcome to Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse. Here you can find out more about the project, meet the team, keep updated with the project's publications and outputs, and follow our most recent findings through our research BLOG.

The Project
The healing power of the criminal corpse
Harnessing the curative power of the criminal corpse at a nineteenth-century execution

The criminal corpse, even when life had left the body, was still a powerful object. It had social and symbolic power, medicinal, judicial, political and scientific power. Started in 2011 and generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, this five-year project explores the criminal corpse from the disciplines of archaeology, medical and criminal history, folklore, literature and philosophy. It will reveal the ways in which the power of the criminal corpse was harnessed, by whom, and to what ends in Britain between the late seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Project Themes

The project explores the criminal corpse through six key themes:

The Reward of Cruelty
William Hogarth's 'The Reward of Cruelty'

 

Project Staff

Professor Sarah Tarlow, University of Leicester (Project director)

Professor Owen Davies, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Elizabeth Hurren, University of Leicester

Professor Peter King, University of Leicester

Dr Shane McCorristine, University of Leicester

Dr Floris Tomasini, University of Leicester

Dr Zoe Dyndor, University of Leicester

Dr Francesca Matteoni, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Richard Ward, University of Leicester

Dr Emma Battell Lowman, University of Leicester

Rachel Bennett, University of Leicester

Wellcome Trust
The Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse project is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust

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