This international conference examines in analytical and historical perspective the remarkable prominence of forensic science and medicine in contemporary culture. It brings together leading scholars from history, sociology and socio-legal studies, media and cultural studies, and practitioners working within the diverse locations of forensic culture – from crime scenes and bio-medical laboratories to television studios. Topics for discussion include the politics and practice of DNA evidence, the use of “cold case review” in re-evaluating celebrated murder trials from the past, the historical invention of “crime scene investigation”, the work of forensic identification at mass grave sites, and media forensics – including a dinner event featuring the creators of Waking the Dead and Silent Witness.
“Forensic Cultures” is sponsored by the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and by the Wellcome Trust.
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