Crime Fiction Conference

by K. A. Laity

Need an excuse to travel? This fall you could travel to Poland with the grand excuse of attending the Crime Fiction Conference in Gdansk. Time is short to get your abstracts in if you want to participate. Here’s the details —

Crime Fiction, here and now, now and then
International Postgraduate Conference at University of Gdansk, Poland
9-10 November 2012

The aim of the conference is to discuss crime fiction across national borders, across time periods, across languages, across genres and across boundaries between the literature and the other arts (film, theatre, graphic novel etc.) We invite papers which deal with one or more of the following points (the list is by no means exhaustive), in any given literature and country, or in international

– Comparative study of crime fiction
– Detectives now and then
– Genres, systems, conventions
– National, regional or local contexts (e.g. Scottish, Scandinavian, American; Edinburgh, Breslau, LA)
– Crime fiction and the reader
– Dubious villain – why do we like villains?
– Crime and gender
– Crime and identity

Please send your abstract (max. 250 words) to before 30th of June, 2012. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students as well as from established scholars.

The conference will be held in English. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes of presentation time.
Selected papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Conference fee is:
100 PLN (for participants from Poland)
25 EURO (for participants from outside Poland)

The fee will cover conference materials, refreshments and a conference get-together. Please note it does not include accommodation.

Conference organisers:
Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, M.A. agsien AT
Urszula Elias, M.A. urszula.elias AT

Academic advisor: Prof. dr hab. David Malcolm

*UPDATE: Friend of the blog, Paul D. Brazill, will be a special guest at the conference. So, now you have to go!


  1. Aye, and I’m going to be a special guest.

    • Why doesn’t the poster trumpet that fact, Mr B? People will be clamouring at the gates.

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