Call for papers - women, narrative and crime

Abstracts are being invited for an interdisciplinary conference which will explore questions of narrative and crime in relation to violence against women, as well as addressing themes relating to women, crime and justice more broadly.

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The conference is a joint collaboration between researchers based in the Teesside Centre for Realist Criminology and the English Research Group and aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from the arts, humanities and social sciences to critically explore the growing recognition within the social sciences of popular criminological texts such as film, TV drama and crime fiction.

Key note speakers are Dr Deborah Jermyn, Reader in Film and Television at the University of Roehampton and Dr Lizzie Seal, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sussex. The conference will take place on Thursday 9 July at the Darlington campus.

This event is part of a British Academy funded project, led by Dr Louise Wattis, which explored the significance of the Yorkshire Ripper murders for those living closest to them and highlights how a range of narratives offered by the social sciences, true crime and crime fiction represent themes of misogyny, violence against women and fear of crime.

Abstracts (250 words) are being invited for 20 minute papers from researchers and practitioners working in the following fields: criminology; sociology; English; film and media studies; theatre and performance studies; the visual arts; women’s, gender, queer and transgender studies.

Themes for papers may include but are not limited to:

• feminism, violence against women and social media
• visual criminology
• crime, place and myth
• true crime
• narrative criminology
• fiction, film, television drama, graphic novels, computer games, visual arts, performing arts
• the politics and ethics of fictional reconstruction
• violence, intersectionality and difference
• genres of crime narrative – detective / crime fiction, historical fiction, documentary, creative non-fiction.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 April and they should be submitted to

20 February 2015