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Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility, and Empire

Call for papers
Bentham et l’Australie: Bagnards, utilité et empire
Bentham Project

The Bentham Project is delighted to announce a call for papers for “Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility, and Empire”, a conference to be held at University College London (UCL) on 11-12 April 2019 to mark the forthcoming publication of Writings on Australia, a volume of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. The conference will explore themes such as the influence and impact of Bentham’s ideas on the theory and practice of punishment in convict Australia, on advocates and opponents of convict transportation and colonization, and the relationship between Bentham’s writings on Australia and his penal theory more generally, as well as their place in the development of his political radicalism.

Speakers at the conference include: Professor Hilary Carey (Bristol); Professor Margot Finn (UCL); Professor Barry Godfrey (Liverpool); Professor Zoe Laidlaw (Melbourne); Professor Kirsten McKenzie (Sydney); Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (Tasmania); Dr Gwenda Morgan (Newcastle); Professor Deborah Oxley (Oxford); Professor Philip Schofield (UCL); and Dr Tim Causer (UCL).

We also welcome proposals for papers on Bentham’s interventions in the histories of Australia, convict transportation, and colonialism, in the form of 300-word abstracts, which should be sent to Dr Tim Causer ( by 31 December 2018. Please also direct any other queries about the conference to the same address.

Full details of the call for papers can be downloaded from:

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