New conferences on crime fiction

Barbara Pezzotti   Wellington

Dear crime fiction lovers, this year we have been blessed with many conferences on crime fiction. I would like to attract your attention to the following ones (in strict chronological order):

Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference of the Crime Genre research network, Ireland: “Gender and Sexuality in the Crime Genre” University of Galway, 21-23 June 2013. Papers that examine how gender and sexuality are treated in literature and/or in film and television within the crime genre are welcome. Papers are welcome from any language area, (although papers must be delivered in English and should be no more than twenty minutes in length).

Papers will be welcomed from a range of disciplines (modern languages, English studies, comparative literature, history, film studies, cultural studies, political science and sociology etc.). Conference organisers: Dr Kate Quinn, Spanish and Latin American Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway and Dr Marieke Krajenbrink, German Studies, University of Limerick. Abstracts (of 300 words maximum) should be sent to Dr Quinn and/or Dr Krajenbrink. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Friday, 15 February 2013

Contact details: Dr Kate Quinn: email: tel: 00353 91 492792; Contact details: Dr Marieke Krajenbrink, email: tel: 00353 61 202453.

“Retold, Resold, Transformed? Crime Fiction in the Modern Era” Conference, Faculty of Arts, university of Leeds, UK, 17-18 September. In recent decades crime fiction has enjoyed a creative boom. Although, as Alison Young argues in her book Imagining Crime (1996), crime stories remain strongly identified with specific locations, the genre has acquired a global reach, illuminating different corners of the world – from the downtown precincts of Baltimore to the South African peninsula to bleak Danish skies – for the delectation of international audiences. The recent fashion for nordic noir has highlighted the process by which the crime story may be franchised, as it is transposed from one culture to another. Crime fiction has thus become a vehicle for cultural exchange in the broadest of senses; not only does it move with apparent ease from one country to the next, and in and out of different languages, but it is also reproduced through various cultural media. But what is involved in these processes of transference? Do stories lose or gain value? Or are they transformed into something else altogether? How does the crime story that originates in a specific society or culture come to articulate aspects of very different societies and cultures? And what are the repercussions of this cultural permeability?

The University of Leeds and the Crime Studies Network invite scholars, practitioners and fans to attend an international, interdisciplinary conference dedicated to contemporary crime fiction. It is intended that the conference will attract delegates from different backgrounds and academic disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, stylistics, the philosophy of aesthetics, film, television and media studies, and sociology. Proposals for papers on any aspect of contemporary crime fiction are welcomed, particularly those which address aspects of cultural exchange and migration, the publishing industry (including translation and adaptation), reading, reception and rewriting (including fan fiction and the blogosphere) and philosophical and literary approaches to questions of cultural value.

Featured Keynote Speakers and Roundtable Panelists include Barry Forshaw, Francois von Hurter and Howard Curtis.

Barry Forshaw’s latest books are Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction and British Crime Film. His other work includes British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, along with books on Italian cinema, Film Noir and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. His next books are British Gothic Cinema, Nordic Noir, The Modern Adventure Thriller and a study of The Silence of the Lambs. He writes for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time, broadcasts for ITV and BBC TV documentaries, and has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.

Francois von Hurter coruns Bitter Lemon Press, a small London-based independent publisher set up in 2003, and specializing in translated literary crime novels and noirs. The Press currently publishes novels by authors such as the Italian Gianrico Carofiglio, Swiss Friedrich Glauser, Dutch Saskia Noort, and the Cuban Leonardo Padura. Several of the novels published have gone on to win or be shortlisted for awards such as the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and the Dublin IMPAC Award. Howard Curtis, who is Gianrico Carofiglio’s literary translator, will too join the discussion.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Christiana Gregoriou , one of the conference organisers, by 13 May 2013. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of the speaker, and a contact email address. Feel free to submit abstracts presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate students are welcome. Note that the conference room has a computer, data projector and screen; any further AV requests should be made on submission of the relevant abstract. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, with a maximum of 10 minutes for questions.

Contact the conference organisers below for more details or, alternatively, see the Conference Website

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