Social Philosophy

Websleuths: Amateur Detectives from the Armchair to the Internet

Dr Elizabeth Yardley
25th May 2017, 7:00pm

Dr Elizabeth Yardley's lecture will focus upon 'websleuthing', one of the newest strands of her research.  Recent years have seen a surge of activity in online environments where people gather around crime and mystery, engaging in varying levels of amateur detective work.  These activities are often referred to as 'websleuthing'.  Such spaces include, Reddit forums, Facebook pages and case-specific sites such as

Amateur sleuthing is nothing new, but the opportunities afforded by networked technologies and advances in computer hardware and software have given armchair detectives a new lease of life.

In the lecture Dr Yardley will consider the following questions: Who are the websleuths?  What types of activity are they engaging in?  What type of crime do they investigate?  Why are they doing it?  Do they actually succeed in solving crime?  What do the police think about websleuthing?  What are the views of victims and suspects about websleuth involvement in their lives?  What opportunities and challenges do websleuths present? 

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Yardley is Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.  Her specialist areas of research are homicide and violent crime and the role of networked media in crime and deviance.




Menu for Supper

Steamed salmon with a hollandaise sauce with new potatoes and vegetables or stuffed peppers with tomato sauce (v)

New York cheese cake with raspberry coulis or fresh fruit salad

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