Tim Causer

Tim Causer

PhD (2010), MLitt (2006), MA Hons, first class (2004)

Senior Research Associate

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Tim Causer joined the Bentham Project in 2010. Until the end of 2015 he was responsible for the co-ordination of the award-winning crowdsourced transcription initiative, Transcribe Bentham. He also worked on the EU-funded tranScriptorium programme, which developed solutions for the searching, indexing and full transcription by machines of historic handwritten manuscripts. He is the editor of the Journal of Bentham Studies.

He is currently editing Jeremy Bentham’s writings on convict transportation, colonialism, and imperialism for the AHRC-funded project, ‘Convict Australia and Utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham’s Writings on Australia.’ One of the main outputs of this work will be a volume of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, containing three seminal texts: The Letters to Lord Pelham, otherwise known as Panopticon versus New South Wales; A Plea for the Constitution; and the never before published Colonization Society Proposal. This research will help to shed more light on the failure of Bentham’s panopticon prison scheme, and on the enduring importance of his critique of transportation.

Tim completed his PhD at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College, London, which investigated and challenged the prevailing myths about the notorious penal station at Norfolk Island (1825-55) by examining previously underused archival sources. He received his undergraduate MA (2004) and Master of Letters (2006) degrees in History from the University of Aberdeen.

Tim’s research interests are in the histories of convict transportation, crime and punishment, colonial Australia. In 2014 he travelled to Norfolk Island to appear in an episode of Coast Australia, and he is currently working on an edition of the Memorandoms of James Martin—the first Australian convict narrative, which is in the Bentham Papers—for UCL Press.


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