Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction: Traditions, Expectations, Genres and Codes.

The English Department, Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education, Technical University of Liberec in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology kindly invite you to the international conference

Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction:
Traditions, Expectations, Genres and Codes.

November 22-24, 2013

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 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.

Prolonged Deadline for Proposals:
October 15, 2013

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Bonita Rhoads, Masaryk University
Elke Weissmann, Edge Hill University

You can find contact details and more information at the website of the conference.