Goldclasses 2018: Criminology

Date: 06-Jun-2018

(Police)Man’s Best Friend

Lecturer: Dr. Alex Rhys-Taylor

Date: Wednesday 6 June

Time: 14:00 – 16:00     

Location: Goldsmiths, University of London

About Goldclasses: At Goldsmiths, University of London we offer a range of subject-based masterclasses to give you a detailed insight of how teaching and learning is different at University level.

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Information: Many criminological methods, both past and present, drew upon the seeming objectivity of the heroic detective’s ‘eye’, with which he identified criminal traits and tracked fragments of evidence. However, at the same time as the police were adopting greater use of lenses, other senses were also enrolled into the objective pursuit of criminological knowledge. In particular, the nose, or rather, the canine nose. This lecture looks at the ways in which specific ideas regarding the aroma of criminality intertwined with established co-dependencies between humans and dogs in the production of new criminological tools such as the ‘bloodhound’. This lecture will explore the special significance of dogs in 19th century policing – as objective detectives of criminal miasma – and trace the evolving use of sniffer dogs throughout the 20th and into 21st century forms of olfactory surveillance.

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