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CCML Membership Meeting

  • 12 Nov 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual (Zoom)

CCML: Please join us on Friday November 12th!

Zoom (a Zoom URL was sent out to the CCML List on Nov. 8.
If you need the Zoom URL please email Davin Dearth ( )


9:00 – 9:10: Welcome and Speaker Introduction

9:10 – 9:45: Presentation by Courtney E. Thompson, Ph. D.

Courtney E. Thompson is an assistant professor of the history of science and medicine and U.S. women’s and gender history at Mississippi State University. 

Courtney will discuss her book, An Organ of Murder. An Organ of Murder explores the origins of both popular and elite theories of criminality in the nineteenth-century United States, focusing in particular on the influence of phrenology. In the United States, phrenology shaped the production of medico-legal knowledge around crime, the treatment of the criminal within prisons and in public discourse, and sociocultural expectations about the causes of crime. The criminal was phrenology’s ideal research and demonstration subject, and the courtroom and the prison were essential spaces for the staging of scientific expertise. In particular, phrenology constructed ways of looking as well as a language for identifying, understanding, and analyzing criminals and their actions. This work traces the long-lasting influence of phrenological visual culture and language in American culture, law, and medicine, as well as the practical uses of phrenology in courts, prisons, and daily life.

9:45 – 9:55: Presentation Q&A

10:00 – 10:30: Member Presentations – Education Session

10:30 – 11:00: Business Meeting

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