The Panopticon

Image: Drawing by Willey Reveley of a panopticon prison, circa 1791.

Drawing by Willey Reveley of a panopticon prison, circa 1791. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Digital Panopticon

Image: digital panopticon website header image with logo, a mosaic of 19th-century criminal portrait photographs

What is the Digital Panopticon?

The Digital Panopticon website allows you to search millions of records relating to the lives of 90,000 convicts from the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, to search individual convict life archives, explore and visualize data, and to learn more about crime and criminal justice in the past.


Just for fun

Sources on Jeremy Bentham & the Panopticon

Michel Foucault

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Keywords (not necessarily subject terms): surveillance, prisons, punishment, discipline

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Simone Browne

Canella, Gino. “Racialized Surveillance: Activist Media and the Policing of Black Bodies.” Communication, Culture & Critique 11, no. 3 (September 2018): 378–98. doi:10.1093/ccc/tcy013.

Grubbs, Victoria Netanus. “The Subject of Slavery in Translation: Between Jack Qiu and Simone Browne.” Communication Theory (1050-3293) 27, no. 4 (November 2017): 411–13. doi:10.1111/comt.12126.

Womack, Autumn. "Visuality, Surveillance, and the Afterlife of Slavery." American Literary History 29, no. 1 (2017): 191–204. doi:10.1093/alh/ajw061.