Saturday, 12 November 2016

Icelandic Noir Programme

              Noir in the North
Conference Programme


Wednesday, November 16th

9.30-10.00                   Registration
2nd Floor, Hotel Saga
10.00-10.15                  Opening Remarks (Room: Katla II)   
Stacy Gillis & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir             
10.15-11.30                  Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, ‘Yin Yang’
            Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir
11.30-12.00                  Refreshments
12.00-13.30                 Panel One
1A) Noir & the Past (Room: Katla II)
Chair: Dagný Kristjánsdóttir
·           Melissa Jacques (University of British Columbia), ‘Mid-Century Modern and the Aesthetics of Fascism’
·           Christopher James (Bridgewater College), ‘Bleakness and Tenacity: Fin-de-siècle French Literature and Nordic Noir’
·           Daisy Neijmann (University of Iceland), ‘Fair Shores: Pastness and Authenticity in Arnaldur Indriðason and Ann Cleeves’
1B) Noir & National Identity (Room: Hekla I)
Chair: Giti Chandra
·           Kerstin Bergman (University of Lund), ‘From Solidarity to Neo-liberalism: The Swedish Police Novel’
·           Nina Muždeka (University of Novi Sad), ‘Nordic Noir and Subversive Sociopolitical Commentary: A Norwegian Example’
·           Catherine Nickerson (Emory University), ‘Lilyhammer’s “Land of Second Chances”’
1C) Noir & Space (Room: Hekla II)
Chair: Anne Marit Waade
·           Lughan Deane (University College Dublin), ‘Ghost Estates, Building Sites and Dead Developers in Irish Crime Fiction’
·           Graeme Gilloch (Lancaster University), ‘Views from The Bridge: Panoramas, Non-Places and Spatial Hieroglyphs’
·           Kjartan Már Ómarsson (University of Iceland),White Nights: The Nordic Periphery in Baltasar Kormakur’
13.30-14.30                 Lunch
Restaurant Skrúður (1st Floor, Hotel Saga)
14.30-15.45                 Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)
Bruce Robbins (Columbia University), ‘The Place of Nordic Noir in the History of Violence’
                           Chair: Stacy Gillis
15.45-16.15                  Refreshments
16.15-17.45                  Panel Two
2A) Noir & the Epic (Room: Katla II)
Chair: Felicity Hand
·           Jillene Bydder (University of Waikato), ‘The Detective and the Sagas: Erlendur in the Novels of Arnaldur Indriðason’
·           Giti Chandra (University of Delhi), ‘Dragon Tattoos, Crime, and the City: The Contemporary Epic’
·           Michael Treschow (University of British Columbia), ‘Outsiders: Grettir the Strong and Carl Mørck’
2B) Noir & the Child (Room: Hekla I)
Chair: Sara Kärrholm
·           Katarina Gregersdotter (Umeå University), ‘The Child as Outsider and Avenger in John Ajvide Lindqvist’
·           Franziska Kretschmer (University of Freiburg), ‘The Child is a Vamp: The Supernatural Femme Fatale in John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson
·           Andrew Nestingen (University of Washington), Kid Stuff: Nordic Noir and Quality’
2C) Noir & Work (Room: Hekla II)
Chair: Christinna Hobbs
·           Iratxe Fresneda (University of the Basque Country), ‘Female Detectives in Nordic Noir: Bron/Broen and Forbrydelsen
·           Kate Hinnant (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), ‘Life and Work, Work and Life: Traversing Boundaries in Nordic Noir’
·           Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University), ‘Saga, Sarah and Kurt: On the Borderline’
20.00                           Conference Dinner (for those who have pre-booked)


Thursday, November 17th

9.30-11.15                                Panel Three
3A) Noir & Genealogies (Room: Katla II)
Chair: Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson
·           Björn Norðfjörð (St. Olaf College), ‘To Be or Not To Be (Noir)’
·           Alda Björk Valdimarsdóttir (University of Iceland), ‘When Murder Comes to Town: The Dark Vision of Gerður Kristný’
·           Pao-Hsiang Wang (National Taiwan University), ‘“Seneca Cannot Be Too Heavy, Nor Plautus Too Light”: Heavy Business and Light Desire in Kaurismaki’s Hamlet Goes Business
3B) Noir & Women (Room: Hekla I)
Chair: Nina Muzdeka
·           Lorna Hill (University of Stirling), ‘Bloody Women: Female Protagonists Transforming Contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction’
·           María Socorro Suárez Lafuente (University of Oviedo), ‘Female Crime Writers and Their Detectives: The Nordic Countries and Spain’
·           Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin), ‘The Woman Between: A Social Network Analysis of The Fall and The Bridge
·           Jon Wilkins (Independent), ‘Irene Huss: Mother, Wife, Detective’
3C) Noir & Reception (Room: Hekla II)
Chair: Kate Hinnant
·           Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir (University of Iceland), ‘A Brooding Nordic Noir? Noirish Elements in Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites
·           Sara Kärrholm (Lund University) and Carina Sjöholm (Lund University), ‘The Power of the Good Example: The Packaging of Characters and Places in Contemporary Nordic Noir’
·           Delphine Letort (Université du Maine), ‘The Transnational Values of Noir in Danish and American Television Series’
·           Jacqui Miller (Liverpool Hope University), ‘A Labyrinth of Noir: Martin Beck, Translation and Adaptation’
11.15-11.45                  Refreshments
11.45-13.00                  Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)
Mary Evans (London School of Economics), ‘Dark Nights and Moral Diversity: Very Good and Very Bad in Nordic Noir’
         Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir
13.00-14.00                 Lunch           
Restaurant Skrúður (1st Floor, Hotel Saga)

14.00-15.30                 Panel Four
4A) Noir & Gender (Room: Katla II)
Chair: Gerardine Meaney
·           Guðni Elísson (University of Iceland), ‘The Monster in the Closet: Bisexuality and Discursive Unease in Arnaldur Indriðason’s Bettý
·           Anna Sigríður A. Guðfinnsdóttir (University of Iceland) and Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson (University of Iceland), ‘Femininity, Masculinity and Style in Arnaldur Indriðason’s Bettý
·           Björn Þór Vilhjálmsson (University of Iceland), ‘Male Violence and Female Victimhood: Social Justice in Steinar Bragi’s Kata
4B) Noir & Peripheries (Room: Hekla I)
Chair: Jacqui Miller
·           Felicity Hand (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), ‘Reading Gunnar Staalesen’s The Consorts of Death Ecocritically’
·           Christinna Hobbs (Liverpool John Moores University), ‘“Depressing, hideous…Beautiful”: Nordic Noir and the Postcolonial North’
·           Anne Marit Waade (Aarhus University) and Kim Toft Hansen (Aalborg University),  ‘Locating Nordic Noir’
4C) Noir & Definitions (Room: Hekla II)
Chair: Delphine Letort
·           Parnal Chirmuley (Jawaharlal Nehru University), ‘Timely Translation: The Creation of Nordic Noir as an Identifiable Genre’
·           Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Nordic Noir, Transnationalism, and Problems of Definition’
·           Patrick Kent Russell (University of Connecticut), ‘Understanding American and Nordic Noir Critiques through Hard-Boiled Interrogations of Wealth and Crime’
15.30-16.00                 Refreshments
16.00-16.45                 Roundtable (Room: Katla II)
“Whither Nordic Noir: Networks, Funding Bids, Publications & Other Plans”
Chairs: Stacy Gillis & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir
17.30-19.30                 Keynote Address & Reception (Reykjavik City Hall)
Val McDermid
                                    Chair: Stacy Gillis
Keynote Address in association with Iceland Noir Festival
& Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature.
Reception Hosts: The British Embassy in Iceland

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