Investigating Crime Films from Transnational Perspectives (SCMS 2019 Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Delahousse

Investigating Crime Films from Transnational Perspectives

Emerging as a result of the international popularity of American and British detective novels in the 19th and early 20th century, the crime film has fascinated filmmakers and audiences since the early days of cinema because of its thrilling subject matter and commentary on the consequences of urban and industrial modernization. This genre, thus, adapts and translates well into different cultural contexts and appealing beyond a film’s domestic audience. Furthermore, it provides a means for filmmakers to cultivate their style and influence cinemas outside their countries of origin through their use of and perhaps reimagining of established genre conventions.

This panel seeks to explore the theoretical and historical contributions, influences and implications of crime films within a transnational context. Papers on filmmakers’ contributions to film industries outside their countries of origin, transnational depictions of detectives, spies and/or criminals, receptions of international crime films, and the globalization or international transcendence of the crime film genre are especially encouraged. Please send submissions that are 250-300 words in length with a 3-4 source bibliography and a brief bio to Sarah Delahousse at by August 1st.