On 4 July 2009 the University of Hull will host a one-day conference devoted to the cultural afterlives of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Doyle's birth. We are interested in the way that Sherlock Holmes as an iconic figure continues to inspire a range of narratives, crossing high and low cultures. Increasingly, Holmes and fictionalized versions of Doyle make appearances in literature, drama, television and cinema but also in graphic novels and computer games. Moreover, we hope that the conference will derive some impetus from Doyle's own troubled relationship with his creation and the cross-over between history and fictional biography. This conference will focus on the afterlives of Holmes and Doyle, as they are remodelled and repackaged for new audiences and new historical contexts. Submission guidelines: Please email an abstract of 250 words for a twenty-minute paper to Dr Sabine Vanacker (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND Dr Catherine Wynne (email@example.com) by 1 February 2009.
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