Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction:
Traditions, Expectations, Genres and Codes
(Technical University, Liberec, Czech Republic, 22-24 November, 2013)
Call for Papers
Although detective fiction is popularly conceived as a niche genre, even a superficial look at contemporary literature, film, television and computer games shows its pervasive presence. One meets crime, murder, robbery, detection and investigation in all layers of cultural production from popular bestsellers and blockbusters to the very peak of the canon. Thus, we invite abstracts for papers analyzing the cultural representations of crime and detection in the broadest sense conceivable.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
•Detection as a narrative device in (post)modern fiction.
•Gender, sex and sexuality in crime and investigation.
•Technologies of investigation and their representation.
•The spatial aspects of crime and detection.
•Codes, rules, expectations and fictional devices in investigative docu-series.
•Private-eyes and police inspectors on- and off-screen.
•The (im)possibility of detection in contemporary fiction, film and series.
•Criminals as detectives, detectives as criminals.
•Interactive investigation from gamebooks through poll-based TV-series and computer games to online entertainment.
•Detectives and criminals as artists, crime and detection as art.
•Crime as an instrument of social control.
All papers must be in English and must not be longer than 20 minutes in duration.
Please submit an abstract of no longer than 200 words via the conference website (http://www.uj.fme.vutbr.cz/cdaer/?pg=vyzva) no later than 15 October 2013.
Dávid Levente Palatinus, Ph.D. (English Department, Faculty of Arts, Catholic University of Ružomberok, Slovakia)
Mgr. Zénó Vernyik, Ph.D. (English Department, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic)
Mgr. Martina Vránová, Ph.D. (Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)
Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education
Technical University of Liberec
460 01 Liberec 1
Department of Foreign Languages
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology
616 69 Brno
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