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FORCE – Forensic Culture in Europe, 1930-2000


Pauline Dirven MA

Pauline Dirven is a PhD candidate in the FORCE project. She obtained both her bachelor’s degree in History and her research master’s degree in Modern History from Utrecht University. Her research interests are gender, the body, and travelling culture and knowledge. Her doctoral research focuses on forensic culture in England. She looks at the impact of political ideology, media representations, and gender- sexuality norms on the position of forensic science in the courtroom. Analysing the interaction between cultural/public knowledge (on gender and sexuality) and (scientific) forensic procedures, she aims to establish to what degree the legal and forensic investigation sustained, changed or was influenced by social ideas on the body.