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

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University of Gdansk / PWSZ Elbląg
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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)

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. (PWSZ Elbląg)