Futures of Crime: A hybrid meeting exploring the evolving terrain of crime fiction

deadline for submissions: 
May 4, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Queen's Univeristy Belfast & the University of Wolverhampton
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Queen’s University Belfast, the Seamus Heaney Centre and the University of Wolverhampton present:

Friday 20 May 2022 



Futures of Crime:

A hybrid meeting exploring the evolving terrain of crime fiction



Dr Charley Barnes (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Dr Charlotte Beyer (University of Gloucestershire, UK)

Sharon Dempsey (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), 

Professor Sebastian Groes (University of Wolverhampton, UK) 

Dr Elizabeth Mannion (Baruch College, USA)

Professor Andrew Pepper (Queen’s Belfast, UK) 

Anthony J. Quinn (Queen’s Belfast, UK) 


Crime fiction has been evolving rapidly and finding new exciting forms including queer crime fiction and crime fiction by writers of colour. We have also seen the rise of regional noir, of which the booming Northern Irish crime fiction scene is a splendid example. This symposium provides an opportunity to assess the current transformation of crime fiction and to reflect on the various responses that the genre is receiving from the public, critics and the academy.  We will ask questions about the changing status of genre fiction and explore how readers’ perceptions of crime fiction affects their judgement of literary quality. We will also discuss where crime fiction might be headed next.

We invite critical (position) papers, panels, as well as creative responses that contribute to mapping the evolving field of crime fiction (studies). Note that this hybrid event will be held in person at Queen’s University Belfast whilst virtual contributions are invited as well. 

Please send your 150 word proposal and biography to Professor Sebastian Groes at s.groes@wlv.ac.ukmentioning “CrimeFutures” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is 4 May, 2022.  Decisions will be communicated by 8th May, 2022. For further information, please contact Professor Groes.    

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Conference organisers: Sharon Dempsey (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) and Professor Sebastian Groes (University of Wolverhampton, UK). The event is co-organised and partly funded by the AHRC-funded research project Big Book Review and University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research