Bentham Project


Bentham Project

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This website gives information on Jeremy Bentham and about the work of the Bentham Project.

We are the world centre for Bentham Studies and our main activity is the production of the new edition of Bentham's Collected Works.

We are part of UCL's Faculty of Laws.

The Bentham Project is responsible for Transcribe Bentham, the double award-winning scholarly crowdsourcing initiative. Why not get involved and help us transcribe some of Bentham's unique and important manuscripts? 

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  • Dr Tim Causer's book, Memorandoms by James Martin: An Astonishing Escape from Early New South Wales - based on a manuscript in UCL's Bentham Papers - was reviewed in The Weekend Australian of 6-7 January 2018 (£).
  • We are delighted to announce that the Bentham Project is hosting a two-day event entitled ‘Reviving Bentham’s Theory of Evidence | An Anglo-French symposium’ on 12–13 April 2018 at Bentham House, Faculty of Laws, University College London.  The symposium will discuss Bentham’s extensive writings on judicial evidence and procedure.  Our plenary speaker is Emeritus Quain Professor of Jurisprudence William Twining.  You can register to attend the symposium at the Eventbrite page. 
  • Bentham and the Arts is a new seminar series that will launch in January 2018.  It will consider Bentham's complex arguments on culture, taste, and utility.  The series is co-convened by: Anthony Julius (UCL)Malcolm Quinn (UAL)Philip Schofield (UCL)
  • What happened at the Bentham Hackathon? Read a report on the Transcribe Bentham blog which describes the creative digital research tools that participants were able to develop over the course of a weekend.  
  • The Bentham Project is part of an exciting conference to explore how Handwritten Text Recognition can deal with historical documents of various languages, dates and layouts.  The Transkribus User Conference will take place on 2-3 November at the Technical University Vienna.
  • Dr Louise Seaward is giving one of the keynote lectures at Le Crowdsourcing: pour partager, enrichir et publier des sources patrimoniales at the Université d'Angers, France, 18-20 October 2017.  Dr Seaward will speak about user support and motivation in the Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing initiative.  
  • Join us at the Bentham Hackathon on 20-22 October 2017!  The Bentham Project, in association with UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and UCL Innovation and Enterprise, will be working with the technology company IBM to hack Bentham manuscripts, transcripts and texts.  We want to explore how digital technologies can help us to research Bentham's philosophy! Participation is free but registration is required
  • For the first time in decades, Bentham's real head is going on display in a new exhibition at UCL.  What does it mean to be human? Curating heads at UCL opens on 2 October 2017.
  • Call for papers open for the next ISUS conference! The 2018 conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies will take place on 24-26 July at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  The conference theme is 'Utility, Progress and Technology'.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 2 February 2018. 

See previous news and events in our archive.