Join the RAHS for a Special Online Event that will delve into forensic records, crime and material culture this October!
Forensic records constitute a special class of material culture. As the by-products of detailed observation, as mappings of domestic relationships, and the often circuitous enactments of human desires they present as a kind of accidental historical ethnography.
The researcher into the forensic past is confronted with masses of extraordinarily revealing, but often ethically complicated material culture. The forensic archive seems to offer so much evidence, so many answers, the research problem becomes, at least in part, to find the question that the archive answers.
Peter Doyle will discuss the use of forensic records as historical sources and what the forensic archive can reveal about life in the past.
About the speaker: Peter Doyle has curated major exhibitions on forensic material culture, police photography and Australian pulp publishing. His books include City of Shadows (2005) and Crooks Like Us (2009). He is an Associate Professor of Media at Macquarie University, Sydney.