ESSE 2016: GALWAY, 22–26 AUGUST
21st-Century Female Crime Fiction
Deadline of submission: February 28, 2016
Crime fiction has been one of the most prolific literary genres for over a century. One subgenre that has really taken off since the early 1980s is female crime fiction. The proliferation of female writing in this area, complete with female sleuths, ranges across styles such as ‘cosy’, ‘hard-boiled’, ‘forensic’, and ‘humanist’. As early as 1987 Sisters in Crime, an organisation that has 3,600 members in 48 chapters worldwide, was founded with the mission ‘to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field’. Today the situation seems to have only slightly changed. This seminar aims to survey the crime scene and question protagonists, victims, and suspects, but also to suggest future developments and lines of investigation.
We are delighted to announce that crime thriller novelist, Tim Weaver, is a keynote speaker at this year’s Captivating Criminality conference.
Tim is the author of six books published by Penguin. His debut novel, Chasing the Dead, appeared in 2010 and follows the character of missing persons’ investigator, David Raker, as he attempts to establish the facts surrounding the mysterious reappearance of Alex Towne, who is thought to have died in a car crash the previous year.
Raker appears in Tim’s following five novels, investigating unexpected disappearances that involve sinister cover-ups, dark secrets, bizarre lies and the hunt for a serial killer. How we define what it means to be ‘the felon’ is an enduring theme of Tim’s fiction and no doubt, in part at least, what led the Guardian to describe his work as ‘tense,’ ‘complex’ and ‘written with flair as well as care.’
In the last few years, Tim’s work has been nominated for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, shortlisted for ‘Crime Thriller of the Year’ in the Specsavers National Book Awards, included in the Richard and Judy Book Club and has hit number one in the Amazon Kindle charts.
We look forward to welcoming Tim to the 2016 conference, Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Felony, Fear and Forensics, and are sure that his keynote talk will be both fascinating and inspiring for all our delegates.
We are delighted to welcome back Prof. Mary Evans to Captivating Criminality for her third consecutive year as keynote speaker. Mary is LSE Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute, UK, and has previously taught Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Kent. In her sociological research, Prof. Evans looks at the role of narratives in our constructions of meaning and identity in society, and has a particular interest in what we term ‘fiction’ and the role this plays in these constructions. Prof. Evans’s long publications list includes Imagination of Evil. Detective Fiction and the Modern World (2011), a fascinating examination of the relationship between detective fiction (especially the figure of the detective) and the ‘morality’ of real life crime and other social issues, which asks what the figure of ‘the detective’ stands for. Mary is also co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Feminist Theory and her latest publication, which is forthcoming, is entitled The Persistence of Gender Inequality.
It is wonderful to be able to welcome back Mary as keynote for a third time, and we look forward to hearing what will no doubt be another fascinating talk.
Dr. Fiona Peters is Reader in Crime Fiction at Bath Spa University in the UK. She is a Patricia Highsmith scholar and is director of the Captivating Criminality project.