Sunday 25 March 2018

Crime and the City: One-day Symposium - Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Crime and the City: One-day Symposium
City, University of London
Friday, 22 June, 2018

The city is one of the most characteristic settings of crime fiction, from nineteenth-century Newgate Novels to late-Victorian detective stories, from twentieth-century noir and hard-boiled fiction to recent police procedurals. The urban setting helps to create an atmosphere of mystery and menace but also facilitates certain kinds of criminal activity. This one-day symposium brings together crime fiction critics and writers to examine the relationship between crime writing and the city.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or for conference panels on any aspect of urban crime writing from any period. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and creative practitioners. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• The city as a setting in crime fiction
• Urban crimes, criminalities and criminal communities
• Cartographies of urban crime
• Crime and urban decay or regeneration
• The city as a carceral space
• Financial crime in the city/ City
• Crime and the consumer society
• Urban crime as a form of resistance

Please send proposals (300 words max. plus biographical paragraph of 200 words max.) to Dr Minna Vuohelainen ( no later than 2 April, 2018. 

More information can be found here.

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