The San-Antonio International conference took place last week end at Queen’s University, Belfast, under the aegis of the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the School of Modern Languages. It gathered specialists, scholars, collectors and members of the public from around the world. They came to discuss (in French, mostly) the immense body of work left by one of France’s most famous popular writers, Frédéric Dard, aka San-Antonio. Joséphine Dard, his daugther, attended the conference and took part in the discussions. People came together who don’t normally get to talk together. Genuinely multidisciplinary, the conference relied on expertise from various fields (from American Studies to Linguistics, from Cultural History to Literature studies), on public and private collections, and on new digital tools. The multiplicity of approaches and expertise allowed to tackle precise research questions on a defined and contained (if vast) corpus of texts Continue reading
To see the program of the conference on the origins of Crime Fiction in France and Italy (Aix-en-Provence, March 23, 2015) Continue reading
In the last decades the astonishing speed in the global circulation of cultural works and the unprecedented opportunities to gather and analyse large amount of data through electronic resources have opened up new possibilities for researchers in all disciplines. At the same time, the spatial turn in the Humanities has prompted scholars to consider the benefits of using maps and graphs to investigate the transnational history of cultural phenomena. However, while scholars working on quite traditional literary subjects have been quick to discuss and carry out the provocative claims made by Franco Moretti in The Atlas of the European Novel (1998), an ideal case study for such an approach, i.e. popular fiction, had been largely neglected.
The AHRC-funded project Visualising European Crime Fiction: New Digital Tools and Approaches to the Study of the Transnational Popular Culture has represented a first attempt to adopt this approach in the field of crime fiction studies, starting to collect data from different sources and exploring the uses of an online database and various visualisation tools. This exploratory project in partnership with the Paris-based BILIPO aimed at testing a number of strategies and possibilities in order to envision a larger, longer-term initiative to conduct extensive studies on the transnational circulation of popular fiction at the European level. Researchers from a group of universities in the UK, France, Hungary, Sweden and the Czech Republic have collaborated to create sample datasets, the prototype database and a series of visualisations. Continue reading
The poster for the conference can be accessed here.
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SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday 30th March, 2015)
Consuming Crime: Consumption, Commodification and Consumerism in Crime Fiction, Film and Television
The Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Crime Genre Research Network, Ireland
To be held at The University of Limerick, Ireland
Friday 26 – Saturday 27th June, 2015
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