In order to stimulate research on historical criminology in Europe, we invite all ESC members interested in historical perspectives on crime and crime control to combine their expertise and join the working group.
Historical research on crime, criminal law and criminology has been conducted for a number of years in various academic disciplines in Europe Fields of interests for the network are; the history of crime, the prison institutions, social work, police, criminal law, the criminal justice system, the discipline of criminology, institutional history, comparative historical research, legal history, genocide and war crimes.
The aim of the working group is to establish cross-national research ties and promote international collaboration on EHC-topics. The working group functions as an arena for researchers interested in crime and crime control in a historical perspective and as a communication channel for historical studies and projects. It also promotes the importance of historical research in criminology.
The overall objective is to develop and strengthen comparative historical research on crime, criminal justice and criminology. The working group will contribute to the development of interdisciplinary, comparative methods of historical studies of crime, criminal justice and criminology. This will be methodologically and theoretically interesting for criminological studies that analyze contemporary phenomena through historical perspectives, or that somehow incorporate it in an analysis of crime.
The working group provides opportunities for researchers interested in historical criminology to exchange ideas for collaborative writing and research and further stimulate comparative understanding of European historical criminology.
The constitution of the working group is relatively informal and participation in its activities is open to all members of the ESC who share a research interest in its aim and objectives. Offers of papers and suggestions for themed panels to be convened by the working group at the annual meetings of the ESC are welcome.