Details of events emerging from the Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse project.

On 2-3 May 2013, the Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse project hosted a major, two-day conference on 'International Perspectives on the History of Execution and Post-Execution Practices'.

The conference brought together some of the world's leading scholars on the history of capital punishment. Speakers included:

Pascal Bastien (Université du Québec à Montréal) - ‘To Die before God, the Law and the City: Penance and Punishment in French and Italian Cities, 1600-1800’

Paul Friedland (Harvard University) - ‘Heads Held High: Some Thoughts on the Fascination with Severed Heads in Revolutionary France"

Vic Gatrell (Cambridge University) - ‘Hanging and the Artists'

Steve Poole (University of the West of England) - ‘“For the Benefit of Example”: Hanging Felons at the Scene of their Crime in the Long Eighteenth Century’

‘Post-Execution Punishment and the Journeys of the Criminal Corpse in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain’ - Preliminary Findings from the Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse’

James Campbell (University of Leicester) - ‘Capital Punishment, Law and Social Change in Jamaica, 1865-1940’

Vivien Miller (University of Nottingham) - ‘Electrocution and the Privatisation of the Spectacle of Suffering in the Twentieth-Century American South’

Evelyne Luef (University of Vienna) and Alexander Kästner (Technische Universität Dresden) - ‘The Ill-Treated Body: Punishing and Utilizing the Early Modern Suicide Corpse’

James Kelly (St Patrick's College, Dublin City University) - 'Punishing the Dead: Execution and the Executed Body in Eighteenth-Century Ireland'

Caroline Sharples (University of Leicester) - ‘The Post-Execution History of Nazi War Criminals’

Stacey Hynd (University of Exeter) - ‘An African Perspective on Pre-colonial, Colonial and Post-Colonial Execution Practices’

Pieter Spierenburg (University of Rotterdam) - 'The Spectacle of Suffering Re-Assessed'

A podcast of the event will be available on the project website shortly

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