Captivating Criminality 5

Crime Fiction: Insiders and Outsiders

28th – 30th June 2018
Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, UK
The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its fifth
UK conference. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the
previous four successful conferences, Crime Fiction: Insiders and
Outsiders, will examine the ways in which Crime Fiction as a genre is
able to incorporate both traditional ideas and themes, as well as those
from outside mainstream and/or dominant ways of thinking.

Crime fiction narratives continue to gain in both popularity and
critical appreciation. This conference will consider the ways in which
writers who work within generic cultural and critical boundaries and
those who challenge those seeming restrictions, through both form and
content, have influenced each other. Crime fiction, in its widest sense,
has benefited from challenges from diverse ‘outsiders’ who in turn shift
and develop the genre. This was as true in the early days of the genre
as it is today and, as such, we welcome submissions from the early
modern to the present day.

A key question that this conference will address is the enduring appeal
of crime fiction and its ability to incorporate other disciplines such
as History, Criminology, Film, TV, Media, and Psychology. From the
‘sensational’ novelists of the 1860s to today’s ‘Domestic Noir’
narratives, crime fiction has proved itself to be open to challenges and
development from historical and cultural movements such as, feminism,
gender studies, queer politics, post modernism, metafiction, war, and
shifting concepts of criminality. In addition, crime fiction is able to
respond to and incorporate changes in political and historic world
events. With this in mind, we are interested in submissions that
approach crime narratives from the earliest days of crime writing until
the present day.

This international, interdisciplinary event is organised by Bath Spa
University and the Captivating Criminality Network, and we invite
scholars, practitioners and fans of crime writing, to participate in
this conference that will address these key elements of crime fiction
and real crime. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

•    The Victorian Lady Detective
•    Masculinities
•    Victims and Perpetrators
•    Crime Fiction and Form
•    The Prison and Other Institutions
•    Madness and Criminality
•    Film Adaptations
•    Crime Fiction in Times of Trauma l
•    The Detective, Then and Now
•    The Anti-Hero
•    True Crime
•    Victorian Crime Fiction
•    Eighteenth-Century Crime
•    Early Forms of Crime Writing
•    Forensics and Detection
•    The Body
•    Seduction and Sexuality
•    Others and Otherness
•    Landscape
•    The Country and the City
•    Adaptation and Interpretation
•    Justice Versus Punishment
•    Lack of Order and Resolution

Please send 200 word proposals to Dr. Fiona Peters and Joanne Ella
Parsons ( by 3rd February 2018.
The abstract should include your name, email address, and affiliation,
as well as the title of your paper. Please feel free to submit abstracts
presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate
students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.
Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome.

Attendance fees:
Full Fee: £180 (£135 if a member of the International Crime Fiction
Reduced Rate (students, ECRs not on a permanent contract/retired): £130
(£95 if a member of the International Crime Fiction Association)

To join the International Crime Fiction Association please email:

Full Membership: £20 per annum
Reduced Rate Membership £10 per annum


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