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Empire and Histories of Criminal Law


Tuesday, June 15, 2021                               

Catherine Evans (University of Toronto)
Unsound Empire: Civilization and Madness in Late-Victorian Law (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2021)

Joseph McQuade (University of Toronto)
A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Moderators: Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin), Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard)



Catherine Evans is Assistant Professor at the the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in History from Princeton University, after which she was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center for History and Economics and a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. Catherine Evans’ research focuses on the history of criminal law in the British empire. She is particularly interested in questions of criminal responsibility, forensics and the mind. Her book, Unsound Empire. Civilization and Madness in Late-Victorian Law, is forthcoming in November 2021 with Yale University Press.

Joseph McQuade is the Richard Charles Lee Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a former SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. Joseph McQuade's research and teaching interests include critical genealogies of terrorism, international relations in Asia, and the intersections between environmental studies and postcolonial conflict. His book, A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.