Thursday, 14 November 2013

Crime Fiction: Here and There and Again

 Crime Fiction: Here and There and Again. 11-13 September 2014

2nd International Postgraduate Conference

University of Gdańsk and the State School of Higher Professional Education in Elbląg
Crime narratives are among the most popular forms of storytelling worldwide and have played a central role in the development of national literatures. Detective and crime novels have developed beyond borders marked by language, culture and genre. The ability to replicate, explore, and interrogate its own conventions is one of the defining features of all types of crime fiction. The recent worldwide success of Scandinavian crime fiction shows that crime novels can be successfully translated into other languages and appropriated for other cultures.

The aim of the conference is to discuss crime fiction across national borders, across cultures, across languages, across genres, across arts and across different media. We invite papers which deal with one or more of the following points (the list is by no means exhaustive), in any given literature and country, or in international comparison:

·         Crime fiction and cultural/national identities
·         Crime fiction and ethnic minorities
·         Others and Otherness
·         Transnational, translocal and transcultural crime narratives
·         Crime Spaces
·         Borrowings, adaptations and transformations
·         Crime fiction in translation
·         International bestsellers
·         Crime Fiction as Cultural Export
·         Exploding the Canon: forgotten crime narratives

Please send an abstract and a short biographical note to Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish at by 31 March 2014. The abstract should include a title, name and affiliation of the speaker and a contact email address. We welcome proposals from both postgraduate students and established scholars. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes of presentation time and should be delivered in English.

Conference fee: 300PLN (75 Euro), Students - 250 PLN (60 Euro)
The fee includes tea and coffee breaks on all 3 days; lunches on the 11th and 13th; entertainment night on Thursday; conference reception on Friday and a delegate pack. Please note that accommodation is not included. There is going to be an informal conference warming in the evening on Wednesday the 10th.

For further information, please go to the conference website, or contact the organisers at

Conference organisers:
Urszula Elias, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
 Arco van Ieperen, M.A. (The State School of Higher Professional Education in Elbląg)

Conference team:
Marta Crickmar, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)
Joanna Szarek, M.A. (University of Gdańsk)

Advisory Board:
Prof. David Malcolm (University of Gdańsk)
Dr Monika Szuba (University of Gdańsk)

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