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?
- 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- The Bentham Project is part of an exciting conference to explore how Handwritten Text Recognition can deal with historical documents of various languages, dates and layouts.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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Dr Louise Seaward has written a blog about her experience teaching Bentham's philosophy on the UCL Summer Challenge, a course which gives Year 12 students a taster of University teaching.
- Six Bentham-related books have been published in open-access by UCL Press. Volumes 1 to 5 of the Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham, which were originally published by the Athlone Press, have been reissued, and Memorandoms by James Martin: An Astonishing Escape from New South Wales, edited by Dr Tim Causer has also been published. All of the books can be downloaded for free from the UCL Press website, which also offers the option to purchase them in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats.
See previous news and events in our archive.