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The Bentham Project is delighted to announce that it has received a very generous private donation to bring to completion the outstanding two volumes of the Correspondence of Jeremy Bentham. The Correspondence is part of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, and the first twelve volumes were published between 1968 and 2006.
Volume 13 will cover the last years of Bentham’s life, from July 1828 until his death at his home at Queen’s Square Place, Westminster, on 6 June 1832, and will shed new light on his twilight years. Of wide international renown by the final period of his life, the volume includes correspondents ranging from Daniel O’Connell, who helped in 1829 to secure Catholic emancipation, to the Marquis de Lafayette, and from the Guatemalan politician José del Valle to Andrew Jackson, then President of the United States. Domestically, the correspondence details Bentham’s engagement with, and involvement in, British radical and reforming causes, such as the Law Reform Association and the Parliamentary Candidates Society. Rich in biographical detail, the correspondence sheds light on Bentham’s personal relationships with friends such as James Mill, Francis Place, George and Harriet Grote, and John Bowring, as well as his family, particularly his brother Samuel and nephew George, later a renowned botanist and president of the Linnaean Society of London. Finally, the correspondence includes details of Bentham’s management of his final affairs, including arrangements for the production of an edition of his writings and, after his death, for the dissection and subsequent preservation of his remains as an ‘auto-icon’.
Volume 14 will include over 150 letters which have subsequently come to light after the publication of volumes 1–12, as well as a comprehensive series index.
We are incredibly grateful for this donation, which will allow the Bentham Project to complete the edition of Bentham’s Correspondence, a landmark in historical, philosophical, biographical, and legal studies.
Jeremy Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility, and Empire, a collection of essays edited by Professor Philip Schofield, Professor Margot Finn (UCL History), and Dr Tim Causer, was published by UCL Press in open access on 28 April 2022. The essays explore Bentham's writings on Australia, recently published in Panopticon versus New South Wales. Jeremy Bentham and Australia can be downloaded as a free PDF, or purchased in paperback (£30) or hardback (£45) formats. A 20% discount is available on print copies until 31 July 2022 by using the code UCLMC2299L at the checkout stage on the UCL Press website.
Panopticon versus New South Wales and other writings on Australia, edited by Dr Tim Causer and Professor Philip Schofield, was published on 24 February 2022. This is the first volume in The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham to be published in open-access and a free PDF can be downloaded from the UCL Press website. The volume can also be purchased in paperback (£25), hardback (£45), and ePub (£0.99) formats. A 20% discount is available on print copies until 31 August 2022 by using the code UCLMC22678L at the checkout stage on the UCL Press website.
Dr Claire Wrobel's (Université Panthéon-Assas) monograph, Roman noir, réforme et surveillance en Angleterre (1764-1842): Gothique et panoptique, will be published on 30 March 2022. Through a joing reading of the works of Bentham and Ann Radcliffe, Dr Wrobel explores the cultural moment in which they were written as well as the dialectical relationship between penal reform and the Gothic novel. For more information on the book, including how to order it, please download a flyer.
At midnight GMT on 27 January, Philip Schofield, Emmanuelle de Champs, and Jeff Kaplan will feature on The Forum on the BBC World Service, discussing the philosophy of Jeremy Bentham. The programme can also be listened to at any time on BBC Sounds using the following link.
Register for the online launch on 30 November 2021 of Bentham (Polity Books) by Dr Michael Quinn (Philipps-University, Marburg). The event, which takes place at 16.30-17.30 GMT (17.30-18.30 CET), will be chaired by Dr Angela Marciniak (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen) and feature commentaries by Professor Regina Kreide (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen) and Professor Stephen Engelmann (Illinois). To register, please download the event flyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive an automatic reply with details of how to access the event.
Out now from UCL Press: 'Bentham on Police: The Unknown Story and What it Means for Criminology', edited by Scott Jacques and Philip Schofield. To order your copy, or to download a free open-access .pdf version, please visit the following link.
A new issue of the Journal of Bentham Studies is now available, featuring articles by Hend Hanafy (Cambridge) on Bentham, punishment, and the utilitarian use of persons as means, Peter Lythe (UCL) on Bentham on organised religion, and a review of Bentham and the Arts by Dr Claire Wrobel (Université Panthéon-Assas)
'La figure de Saint Paul dans les œuvres de Bentham sur la religion', ed. Jean-Pierre Cléro—a collection of essays on Bentham's writings on religion and St Paul—is now available online. Featuring work by Peter Lythe, PhD student at the Bentham Project.
A report on the Bentham Project's recent involvement in a collaborative initiative with members of the University of Toronto to create a HTR model in Transkribus for use on medieval Latin manuscripts featuring a high proportion of abbreviations is now available to read online on the Transcribe Bentham blog. Click here to read more.
- We are disappointed to announce that the 16th conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which was scheduled to take place on 29–31 July 2021, has now been cancelled. The next ISUS conference will therefore take place in Rome in 2022. Please subscribe to https://tinyletter.com/ISUS for future updates.
- A recording of Professor Schofield and Dr Tim Causer's online talk of 4 November 2020 to the British Computer Society (Hertfordshire branch), on the work of the Bentham Project, is now available on YouTube.
- The READ project, in which the Bentham Project was a partner and which sought to transform access to the world's archival knowledge through artificial intelligence and machine learning, has been awarded European Commission's Horizon Impact Award for 2020. The award, which received 225 nominations across all disciplines, recognises and celebrates EU-funded research projects whose results have created significant societal impact across Europe and beyond. Read more about the award.
- Professor Schofield's latest article, entitled 'Jeremy Bentham on Freedom of the Press, Public Opinion, and Good Government', published by Scandinavica, is now available to download and to read online.
- Professor Schofield's article, 'Jeremy Bentham: Nothing but pleasure and pain', has been published online by the Times Literary Supplement.
- Bentham and the Arts, a collection of essays edited by Professor Anthony Julius (UCL), Professor Malcolm Quinn (UAL), and Professor Philip Schofield (UCL) has been published by UCL Press. The book can be downloaded as a free PDF, or purchased in paperback (£25) or hardback (£45) from the UCL Press website. You can save 20% on print copies by entering the code UCL20MC99L at the checkout stage (offer expires 30 November 2020).
- Read a report about from the successful and well-attended conference on Bentham's Political Economy, convened by Dr Michael Quinn, which took place at Bentham House on 16 and 17 December 2019. A wide range of papers were delivered by scholars from around the world, before an interested and international audience. The programme can be viewed on the conference Eventbrite page.
- The Bentham Project is delighted to announce that pre-publication versions of Writings on Political Economy, Volume III: Preventive Police, Writings on Political Economy, Volume IV - Circulating Annuities and other writings on National Debt, and Writings on Political Economy, Volume V - Wealth, Money, and Prices, forthcoming volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, edited by Dr Michael Quinn, can now be downloaded for free. Volume I and Volume II are available from Oxford University Press.
- Thanks to a collaboration with the PRHLT research centre at the Universitat Politècnica de València as part of the READ project, a new and more sophisticated tool for the full text searching of over 90,000 images of Bentham's manuscripts is now available. Thanks to PRHLT's processing of these images using cutting-edge handwritten text recognition and probabilistic word indexing technologies, it is possible to search even pages which have not been transcribed.
- Dr Michael Quinn's paper, 'Bentham on Preventive Police: The Calendar of Delinquency in Evaluation of Policy and the Police Gazette in Manipulation of Opinion, has been published in the International Criminal Justice Review.
- Writings on Political Economy, Volume II, edited by Dr Michael Quinn, the latest volume of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, has been published by Oxford University Press. The volume contains 'Supply without Burthen' and 'Proposals relative to divers modes of Supply', which Bentham drafted in 1794, during an intense period of activity in which he set out systematically to review possible sources of public revenue.
- You can now follow the International Society for Utilitarian Studies on Twitter and Facebook.
- An open-access pre-publication version of a volume of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, Writings on Political Economy, vol. III: Preventive Police, edited by Dr Michael Quinn, is now available to download from UCL Discovery.
- The central collection of Bentham's manuscripts, held at UCL Special Collections and The British Library, have now been completely digitised. Read more about the achievement on UCL news or the Transcribe Bentham blog.
- Read a new article in the Journal of Legal History, by the Bentham Project's Chris Riley, entitled 'Jeremy Bentham and Equity: The Court of Chancery, Lord Eldon, and the Dispatch Court Plan'.
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