University of Tampere, Finland, August 23-24, 2018
Keynote speakers: Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University Belfast)
& Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University)
The advent of new technologies and digital media have
transformed society and influenced cultural narratives. The changes brought
about by technological innovations, digitalisation, and globalisation have
affected not only the subject matter and themes of contemporary crime
narratives but also the production, distribution, and consumption of crime
fiction on the global market, as well as the analytical tools, techniques,
research methods, and theories available to scholars. These changes are readily
visible in detectives’ digital investigations or in how criminals employ
digital technology in committing cybercrimes such as online stalking or theft.
Moreover, the potential of digitalisation in modifying crime narratives
nowadays ranges from podcasts such as “Serial
” to Sherlock Holmes fan fiction
to transmedia narration in “Sherlock
” and the Twitter adaptation of Agatha
Christie’s The Body in the Library
We invite proposals for paper presentations on crime
narratives and the digital age from different language and cultural spheres.
The conference’s approach to crime and the digital context is wide and covers a
variety of contemporary crime narratives (e.g. novels, films, TV series,
adaptations, true crime, fan fiction, vlogs, blogs and other social media) that
can be examined in a number of ways.
We would like to welcome proposals which address one or
several of the following topics (please note that the list is by no means
– production and the global market
of crime narratives
– crime narratives, participatory production and fan practices
– new modes of narration and serialised storytelling in crime narratives
– multimodality and transmedia crime narratives
– remakes and social media adaptations of crime narratives
– social media and mobile technologies in or about crime narratives
– crimes and criminal agency
– criminal networks and transnational crime
– crime and thriller narratives and digital geopolitics
– policing, detective agency and (digital) methods of detection
– true crime narratives and cold case archives
– digital humanities and the study of crime narratives
– crime and digital culture in the postcolonial world
– virtual crime
– ecology, crime and digital technologies
Participants may contribute with individual presentations (20
min) or panel proposals (three presenters).
Please submit your proposal (max 300 words for individual
presentations; for panels, please submit titles and abstracts of each paper)
and a short biographical statement (including name, email address,
institutional affiliation) to
Conference fee: there is a conference fee of 70 euros
(coffee, lunches, reception) and participants are expected to cover all costs
for travel, accommodation and subsistence themselves.
Dr Helen Mäntymäki, University of Jyväskylä,
Dr Maarit Piipponen, University of Tampere, Finland.
Dr Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Dr Andrea Hynynen, Finland.