The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

July 1st CFP- Leiden University- Crime and Gender 1600-1900 Comparative Perspectives


International Conference • Leiden University, The Netherlands
27-28 November 2015

Historians and criminologists have often assumed that gender differences in recorded crime were static over time and that women were in general less likely to commit crime than men. The starting point of this conference is that there exists discontinuity rather than continuity in the participation of men and women in criminality. Given the evidence of high female crime rates in the past, there is a need for a long-term and comparative historical approach to crime and gender. This conference aims at developing comparative historical studies that will help explaining gender differences in crime in various settings, within and beyond Europe.

We aim to receive papers on the following subjects:

How violent were men and women between 1600 and 1900?
How can we explain fundamental changes in the prosecution of women’s crime (such as the decline of ‘female crimes’ and the ‘criminalization of men’)?
How can we explain regional and global variations in female crime rates between 1600 and 1900?
In what ways did migration and household systems play a role in the crimes of men and women?
How did crime, space and gender relate?
How did the media perceive men and women’s crimes before ca.1920?

Researchers interested in participating in the conference are invited to send their abstracts (c. 500 words) before 1 July 2015 to the organizers Manon van der Heijden ( and Marion Pluskota (

Candidates will be informed of the selection by 15 July 2015. Selected participants are expected to send their full paper to the organizers by 1 November 2015 to be circulated in advance among the participants.

After review, the papers presented at the conference will be taken into consideration for a collective book series on crime and gender or a special issue, to be published in 2016. Travel costs and accommodation will be provided.

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