Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility and Empire’ Conference Registrations Now Open

11-12 April 2019, University College London 

The philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was one of the most important contributors to debates surrounding the colonization of the Australian continent, in the first place as a destination for transported convicts and later by free settlers. To mark the forthcoming publication of Bentham’s Writings on Australia, a volume in the new authoritative edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, this two-day conference will see scholars explore these exciting and challenging texts. Speakers will discuss, amongst other relevant topics, Bentham’s interventions in the histories of Aboriginal and European Australia, colonialism, international law, convict transportatation, and in the histories of crime and punishment more generally. 

Registrations close 30 March 2019

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