Crime fiction conference in Melbourne

Barbara Pezzotti   New Zealand

Dear crime fiction lovers, I am pleased to recommend the following international crime fiction conference which will take place in Melbourne next July. Here is the call for papers:

The Global Crime Scene: Crime Narratives Beyond Borders

International conference 3-5 July 2013

Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Organisers: Dr Stewart King (Monash) & Prof. Stephen Knight (Melbourne)

Keynotes speakers: Professor Maurizio Ascari (Università di Bologna)

From Friedrich Schiller to Sven Larsson via Godwin, Vidoq, Gaboriau, Sue, Poe, Hume, Doyle, Christie, Hammett, Chandler, Sciascia, Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Vázquez Montalbán, Matsumoto, and Xiaolong, among others, crime narratives have developed, diversified and globalised beyond borders marked by language, national, culture high and low, and genre and have come to figure among the most popular forms of storytelling worldwide.

 The Global Crime Scene: Crime Narratives Beyond Borders seeks to explore this phenomenon in its historical and genealogical dimension, notably tracing its development through and beyond national traditions, questioning the primacy of the traditional Anglo-American critical arc of Poe-Doyle-Christie-Hammett-Chandler, as well as exploring the specificity and difference of crime narratives across time, place and medium (print, film, TV, and reportage around the world).

We particularly welcome papers or panels on the following topics:

Crime fiction and cultural/national identities

Transnational crime narratives

International historical justice and crime fiction

Early crime stories in different national contexts

The representation of foreign places and foreigners

Literary and criminal borrowings across cultures

International thrillers

TV crime shows and cinema with multicultural basis

Crime fiction and ethnic minorities

Crime fiction raising multinational gender and sexuality issues

Crime and travel narratives

Global crime networks

International crime narratives and criminology

Please send a 250-300 word proposal in a Word document, including a brief biography to by 1 February 2013.

Postgraduate and honours students are encouraged to present their research.

Following the conference, a 2-day Winter School on translating crime fiction will be hosted by the Translation and Interpreting program, Monash University. The Winter School will bring together writers and translators.

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2 thoughts on “Crime fiction conference in Melbourne

  1. Barbara Pezzotti says:

    Thanks to you, partnersincrimesydney, and congratulations on your very interesting blog. I will participate in the Melbourne conference with a paper on Giorgio Scerbanenco, one of the masters of Italian crime fiction (his books are now available in English) and probably with a paper on New Zealand crime fiction. Let’s keep in touch and see you there!

  2. Thanks Barbara, this sounds like a very interesting (and inspiring) conference for crime writers and anyone with a love of this wonderful genre. Now all I need is more time to be able to read all the crime novels that I’m sure I will want to get my hands on afterwards. I’ll forward this notice onto Sisters in Crime Australia who always love to hear about crime related events and they’re based in Melbourne. In bocca al lupo!

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