Mystery & Detective Fiction, Popular Culture Association 2020 Conference

Страна: США

Город: Philadelphia

Тезисы до: 01.11.2019

Даты: 15.04.20 — 18.04.20

Область наук: Культурология;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета:

Организаторы: Mystery & Detective Fiction Area, PCA


The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association invites proposals for our annual conference. We seek proposals from educators, graduate students, and independent scholars for academic discussions on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction, including history, criticism, and theory, as well as explorations of social justice, diversity, inclusivity, and other current trends in scholarship. We welcome a wide range of topics and approaches on writers and works ranging from classic to contemporary, but ask that proposals go beyond plot summary to extend existing scholarship in new directions. Proposals should have a clear and focused argument that can be developed adequately in a 15-minute presentation.

We welcome proposals on the following:

  • Regional detective fiction, including texts set in or around Philadelphia, PA
  • Storytelling styles, stock characters, and tropes relevant to the genre (e.g.,individual mysteries compared to series, long-term storyarcs)
  • Axes of diversity and identity politics in mystery/detective fiction(e.g., race/ethnicity/class/gender/sexual orientation)
  • Critical race theory and other approaches that interrogatemarginalization
  • Various subgenres (e.g., hardboiled detective fiction /cozy detectivefiction)
  • Mystery and detection on film (including film noir, horror,romance)
  • Overlaps with other genres (e.g., horror, romance, dystopia, Westerns)
  • Trauma theory and other psychological approaches (e.g., cognitive poetics)
  • Representing crime, justice, violence, stereotyping,etc.
  • Comparisons between fictional and “true crime”/news representations ofcrime
  • Questions of high/lowculture
  • International incarnations of mystery, detective, and crimeworks
  • Analyses of promotional and/or contextual materials (reviews, handbooks, etc.)
  • Mystery community culture (e.g., conferences, associations, forums, bookstores, listservs, author events,fandoms)
  • The genre as represented outside of print media, including film, television,podcasts, mystery dinner theatre, computer games, transmedia experiments,etc.

Please submit your 100- to 250-word abstract outlining both your object(s) of analysis and your primary argument by November 1, 2019. If you are a first-time presenter in our division (it does not need to be your first time presenting at PCA/ACA), please identify yourself with a note after your abstract. First-time presenters in Mystery & Detective Fiction are eligible for the Earl Bargainnier Award.

To propose a panel, submit individual presentations, then email both area co-chairs with a request to be considered as a panel. This year, PCA/ACA is requiring a minimum of four papers per panel. In your email, name all participants and briefly explain the thematic link between your papers.


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