Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Policing and the Policed conference and archives relating to policing in Ceylon

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in association with the Open University, is hosting a conference on ‘Policing and the Policed in the Postcolonial State’ on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th April in G37, Senate House, University of London.

This conference seeks to examine policing practice across the Commonwealth from a variety perspectives, including that of the ‘policed’, a constituency whose voices are underrepresented in the existing literature. A key aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together academics specialists from the fields of history, criminology and the social sciences, as well as those responsible for devising and implementing policing policy.

The conference is organized in conjunction with the Colonial and Postcolonial Policing Group (COPP), a global network of academics, policy-makers and practitioners with a shared interest in colonial policing and its legacy for the post-colonial state and for international policing practice. COPP is hosted by The Open University through its International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research.

Speakers will include Professor David Anderson (University of Oxford), Dr Graham Ellison (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Professor Alice Hills (University of Leeds).

Please contact Troy Rutt troy.rutt@sas.ac.uk for further details.

With this forthcoming conference it is timely to announce a new archives catalogue available online. The papers of J R Granville Bantock: Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ceylon, 1931-1928; and Superintendent, Crime Branch, Columbo, Ceylon, 1931-1936, have been added to the ULRLS Archives Catalogue in PDF format.

The collections comprise the papers of J R Granville Bantock on his career with the Ceylon Police Force, 1921-1936; including personal papers 1922-1938, including correspondence; papers on visit of the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor], 1922; papers on visit of the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden, Dec 1922; papers on the role of the police during elections, 1931-1932; report by H L Dowbiggin, Inspector-General of Police, on disturbance at Eraviur, Eastern Province, 1933; report by Bantock on strike at spinning and weaving mills, Wellawatte, 1937; notes on poison gases; copies of lectures on criminal law; Weekly Reports, 1921-1936, comprising record of inspections, parades, rounds and visits to crime scenes [very brief accounts of day-to day work]

The catalogue entry for the collection is available here.

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