Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


POSTPONED: IAS Book Launch: Armed with Sword and Scales

16 December 2021, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

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*This event will now be postponed*. Join us for the launch of Dr Sascha Auerbach's (University of Nottingham) most recent book. Comments by Dr. Jennifer Davis (Wolfson College, University of Cambridge), Dr. Ben Griffin (Girton College, University of Cambridge) & Dr John Davis (Oxford). Chair: Prof. Susan Pennybacker (UNC-Chapel Hill).

This event is free.

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IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
Gower Street
United Kingdom

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In the mid-eighteenth century, author and magistrate Henry Fielding adjudicated cases of theft, assault, and public disorder from in his London home on Bow Street. By the middle of the nineteenth century, Fielding’s modest “police office” had expanded to become the most prolific court system in Britain and the cornerstone of criminal and civil justice in the metropolis. Armed with Sword and Scales examines the fascinating history of this institution through the lens of “courtroom culture,” the combination of formal statute and informal custom that guided everyday practice in the London Police Courts. It offers a new model for understanding the relationship between law, culture and society and illuminates how the local courtroom became such a crucial part of everyday life and so thoroughly entangled with popular representations of justice and morality.
Please find Dr Sascha Auerbach's here.

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About the Speakers

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Associate Professor of Modern British and Colonial History at University of Nottingham

Prof. Susan Pennybacker

Charles W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Jennifer Davis

Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Dr. Ben Griffin

Lecturer in Modern British History at Girton College, University of Cambridge

Dr. John Davis

University of Oxford at Emeritus Fellow