Good news for the Effaced team!
Emily Cock has just been awarded a prestigious Peter Nicolaisen International Fellowship at the Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, VA. Whilst resident there in October 2016 she will be investigating Thomas Jefferson’s ultimately failed attempt to introduce talionic (i.e. ‘eye for an eye’) legislation in place of the death penalty for certain crimes.
The use of deliberate facial disfigurement as a punishment had numerous precedents in European laws, and whilst it did not make it into US legislation under Jefferson, the 1926 pastel portrait by Wilfred Langdon Kihn of Rosie Ground, or Cut-Nose, of the Blackfeet tribe in our project banner (image: Wellcome Library) is a reminder that facial mutilation as punishment can exist outside legal sanctions, and has a global and cross-cultural dimension that the project team will be seeking to explore.
Congratulations Emily, and good hunting in the library!