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.