New Directions in Sherlock

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Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present, Department of English, UCL
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CFP: New Directions in Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present
Friday, April 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (BST)
Department of English, UCL

Heralded by The Telegraph as a 'global phenomenon,' the BBC Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful series of all time. This one-day symposium focuses on the series to look back at its roots in Conan Doyle's stories, to situate it in light of contemporaneous adaptations and pastiches, and to examine its treatment of a range of issues including race, gender, terrorism, and international relations. The fruits of this symposium will lead to the publication of a special journal issue dedicated to the series.
In this symposium, we will screen His Last Vow, attend presentations, and discuss Sherlock Holmes, the BBC Sherlock, and aspects of neo-Victorian detective writing. Please email your 200-word abstract for a 20-minute presentation and 50-word biography to by February 28. This conference is free and open to the public. Please register here:

Dr Benjamin Poore
Department of Theatre, Film and Television
University of York

Twitter: @SHolmesPastPres

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:
Beginnings and endings
Sherlock's filmic structure
Neo-Victorian Sherlock
Neo-Gothic Sherlock
Sherlock and style
Reason and romance
Sherlock's 'scientific method'
Sherlock and gender
Reputation and blackmail
Sherlock and Elementary
Sherlock and House
Home and the nation
Sherlock and the world
Sherlock and race
Critical responses to Sherlock
Sherlock's fandom
Fandom and criticism
Sherlock's locations
Sherlock's merchandise