Calls for Papers: Mystery/Detective Fiction Area

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Southwest/Texas and and American Popular Culture Association
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Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at

Proposals are now being accepted for panels in the mystery/detective section area. Professionals, independent scholars, teachers, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 500 word proposals for panel presentations on subjects ranging from the classic detective/mystery to the marginalized, innovative, and/or speculative.

Possible areas include, but should not be limited to:

Food in Detective/Mystery Fiction (this year’s conference theme is, after all, “Celebrating Foods and Culture in a Global Context”)
The Criminal Other
Recent Developments in the Police Procedural
The Wounded Detective
The Past in Mystery Novels
Queering the Mystery
Speculative Mysteries
Humor in Crime Fiction
Inter/Extra-textuality in Mystery/Detective Fiction
Third Wave Feminism
Geographies of Crime Fiction
Cultural Representations of Crime/Criminal
The Criminal as Hero
The “Other” as Sleuth
Ambiguity in Post-Modern Detective/Mystery Fiction
Genre Blending and Bending in Detective Fiction (Sci-Fi/Romance/Western/Etc.)
The Supernatural in Mystery Fiction
Gonzo Crime Fiction (Willeford, Leonard, Hiassen, Dorsey, et. al.)
Defending the Cozy
White Collar Crime/Corporate Crime
Sidekicks, Second Fiddles, and Fall Guys
Race and Ethnicity in Crime Fiction

Email 200-250-¬‐word abstracts for individual presentations or 500-¬‐word abstracts for panel proposals to Area Chair Ann Clark-Moore (English Department, SUNY-Jefferson) at and submit your proposal directly into the database at
Upon acceptance, all presenters must register for February’s conference by December 31, 2011.

Ann Clark-Moore
Area Chair: Mystery/Detective Fiction
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modernist studies