To see the full programme and book of abstracts, please visit the conference website
The Centre Aixois d’Etudes Romanes (Aix-Marseille University) calls for papers for its 2nd conference on Caribbean Crime Fiction in Spanish, French and English. The conference will take place on May 28 & 29, 2020, in Aix-en-Provence.
All submissions must be received by 30 September 2019.
Learn more, including how to submit your paper here , or contact the organisers :
Nelly Rajaonarivelo : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dante Barrientos Tecún : email@example.com
To see the full call (and some impressive art), click here
Belfast-born author Henrietta McKervey will be reading at the Delicate Infractions Conference this week end. Her third novel, Violet Hill, was published by Hachette Ireland in 2018.
Here is a taster:
December 1918: Post-War London is grieving, the city a wound whose dressing was taken off too soon. Violet Hill, the only female private detective in the city, is hired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s business manager to uncover spiritual trickery he believes is deceiving his employer.
January 2018: Susanna is a super-recogniser, one of an elite Met Police team of officers with extraordinary powers for facial recognition. When a freak injury causes her unusual ability to suddenly disappear, a dangerous criminal whom she no longer recognises decides to close in.
More information on the conference can be found here
The programme is available here :
“Unified in Diversity?”
The Promotion and Reception of Europeanness in Contemporary Crime Fiction
Call for abstracts
We invite case studies in literary fiction, film and television series. For example, we are looking for analyses of cross-media phenomena such as Inspector Montalbano, the Millenium trilogy, or Babylon Berlin, which originated from literary works and became transnationally successful television series. Such cases would be especially interesting since the market logic for audiences in literary and screen reception is still markedly different. We are also particularly interested in case studies about television series such as The Team, Crossing Lines, or Eurocops, whose presumed Europeanness is already embedded in their production process.
A two-day conference organized in Paris at the Inalco and the Institut du Monde Arabe on March 28th and 29th will discuss Arabic crime narratives, their distinctive features and their conditions of existence and reception in the Arabic world. While a number of Literary works from the classical period represent thieves and criminals, and deal with criminal cases, crime fiction as a recognized genre is relatively recent in Arabic literature. The logico-deductive inquiry, as well as the judicial inquiry are mostly absent. The emergence and critical appraisal of Arabic Noir only really started in the past decades. International scholars from various disciplines will approach Arabic crime fiction and highlight its diversity and potential.
Full program (in French) here:
International Crime Genre Research Group: 8th Biennial Conference
“Delicate Infractions”: Innovations, Expansions, and Revolutions in the Crime Genre
Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June, 2019
Maynooth University, Ireland
The Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges famously remarked that the detective genre “thrives on the continual and delicate infraction of its rules”. Taking this as a point of departure, the 8th Biennial conference of the International Crime Fiction Research Group will aim to bring together researchers with a shared interest in exploring how the genre has changed and continues to change by way of such delicate infractions, but also occasionally by way of full-blown transgression and definitive ruptures.
Under the broad title of “Delicate Infractions”, we invite proposals related to the following areas:
Systemic troubles reflected in the crime genre
- The crime genre in the age of Black Lives Matter, Trump and resurgent far-right ideology.
- The representation and promotion of radical politics in crime narrative.
- Genre responses to the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond.
- How can or should the genre reckon with the ‘slow violence’ of pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, and ecocide?
Formal re-configurations of the crime genre:
- Re-imaginings and re-workings of the tropes of crime.
- Re-configurations of the archetypal detective/criminal/victim triad.
- Challenges to the gendered and racialized assumptions of conventional crime narratives.
- Crime, Modernism, and/or Postmodernism (and beyond).
- Crime, Surrealism, and the Avant-Garde.
- Hybrids and intersections with other genres.
Changing technologies and how they influence crime, crime detection, and crime writing
- The technological pre-conditions for the emergence of the genre.
- Historic changes or ruptures wrought on the genre since its inception by technological innovations in transport, communications, and weaponry.
- Cyberspace, Artificial Intelligence, and the elaboration of new kinds of crime and new modes of investigation.
- Digital Humanities, Big Data, Digital Gazetteers, Crowd Sourcing; New technologies for Crime Fiction Studies.
- Apps, Immersive Narratives and technology-supported Crime Fiction Tourism.
- The place of YouTube, Social Media, podcasting, and other online platforms in the publication of crime narrative.
- New technologies and new experiences of reading Crime Fiction.
As in previous years, we also welcome submissions that do not fall neatly within the above categories (or that expand them), and we are open to research questions that are themselves ‘infractional’ in respect of the critical paradigms that have grown around crime genre scholarship.
Submissions can be centred on crime fiction and/or film, but we also welcome submissions relating to true crime and that analyse other forms of media, as well as examinations of relevant topics within fields such as history, criminology, anthropology etc. Our guiding objective since our first conference in 2005 is to bring together scholars from a diverse range of areas with a view to highlighting and exploring the points of convergence (and divergence) that emerge.
Organising Committee Chair Dr David Conlon (MU). Committee members Dr Dominique Jeannerod (QUB); Dr Kate Quinn (NUIG); Dr Marieke Krajenbrink (UL).
Please send your abstracts to one of the following by November 29th 2018:
University of Tampere, Finland, August 23-24, 2018
Keynote speakers: Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University Belfast) & Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University)
First Call for Papers
The advent of new technologies and digital media have transformed society and influenced cultural narratives. The changes brought about by technological innovations, digitalisation, and globalisation have affected not only the subject matter and themes of contemporary crime narratives but also the production, distribution, and consumption of crime fiction on the global market, as well as the analytical tools, techniques, research methods, and theories available to scholars. These changes are readily visible in detectives’ digital investigations or in how criminals employ digital technology in committing cybercrimes such as online stalking or theft. Moreover, the potential of digitalisation in modifying crime narratives nowadays ranges from podcasts such as “Serial” to Sherlock Holmes fan fiction to transmedia narration in “Sherlock” and the Twitter adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Body in the Library. Continue reading