To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Network explores all aspects of crime, policing, justice and punishment in all societies, but with a particular focus on the early-modern and modern periods.

Zoe Alker
University of Liverpool
Nuno Camarinhas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Marion Pluskota
Leiden University, NL


Call for Papers

The Criminal Justice History Network is one of the largest networks at the ESSHC. It has a lively, inquisitive yet collegial atmosphere, and welcomes contributions from scholars all over the world whatever their career stage. The network serves particularly as a forum which brings North American and European scholars into contact with researchers from other parts of the world. The network is currently co-chaired by Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University), Marion Pluskota (University of Leiden) and Zoe Alker (University of Liverpool). 

The co-chairs invite proposals for panel sessions and individual papers for the next meeting of the ESSHC, in Belfast, 4 – 7 April, 2018.  Panel sessions last two hours, and generally include four papers on a specific theme, usually followed by a short discussant presentation, and with a chair.  Ideally, panel contributors should come from a mix of countries, and certainly a mix of universities.  We are particularly interested in proposals for comparative and/or inter-disciplinary thematic panels, but we will be happy to discuss any ideas you wish to put forward.  The earlier you contact us, the more advice we’ll be able to offer. There is also scope for proposing an individual paper (of c.20 minutes). Usually, there are far more papers and panels proposed than can be fitted within the available amount of sessions. Therefore, each participant is only allowed to present one paper. If your individual proposal is accepted, we will either place it within an appropriate session, or put together a composite panel of related or cognate submissions. By exception, we will put five papers in one session.  Again, if you would like advice on framing a proposal, do please contact us to discuss your ideas.  At the conference, the chairs will inform you about the choices made during the network session.

The deadline for submitting proposals via the ESSHC website (using the online registration system) is 1 May 2017. Regardless of whether you have already discussed your plans with us, you will still need to register and submit your proposal officially via this route. For those of you preparing panel sessions, it is possible for the chair/organiser to propose the entire session en register its participants (although the individual participants will still need to handle the final registration later on). Please note that the ESSHC offers substantial discounts for postgraduates but is not able to fund travel or subsistence expenses for any category of speaker, and so if you are seeking to organise a panel you will need to make sure that all your speakers are aware that they’ll have to cover their own costs.


Once again, please do contact one of us if you would like to discuss proposing a paper or a panel.


Zoe Alker (

Nuno Camarinhas (

Marion Pluskota (