CfP: 6th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association, 12-15 June 2019

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6th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association

Captivating Criminality 6: Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions

12-15 June 2019

G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Call for Papers

The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its sixth conference, which will be held in Italy. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the previous five successful conferences, Metamorphoses of Crime: Facts and Fictions will examine the ways in which Crime Fiction as a genre incorporates elements of real-life cases and, in turn, influences society by conveying thought-provoking ideas of deviance, criminal activity, investigation and punishment.

Since its inception, the genre has drawn inspiration from sensational crime reports. In early nineteenth-century Britain, for example, Newgate novels largely drew on the biographies of famous bandits, while penny dreadfuls popularized the exploits of criminals and detectives to appeal the taste for horror and transgression of their target audience. In similar ways, notorious cases widely reported in the mid-Victorian press, such as the Road Murder (1860) or the Madeleine Smith trial (1857), exerted a significant influence on the imagination of mid- to late-Victorian novelists, including early practitioners of the sensation genre who laid the premises for the creation of detective fiction. In other cases, criminal actions were triggered by literary texts or turned into appealing fictions by journalists. Suffice it to consider the sensation created by Jack the Ripper’s murders in late-Victorian Britain or the twentieth-century recent cases of murders committed by imitators of criminals and serial killers featured in novels like A ClockWork Orange (1962), The Collector (1963), Rage (1977), and American Psycho (1991). In more recent times, the interaction between reality and other media (TV series, films, computer games, websites, chats, etc.) has raised the question of how crime continues to glamorize perturbing, blood-chilling stories of law-breaking and law-enforcement.

In addition to exploring these complex relations between facts and fictions, the conference will focus on the metamorphoses of crime across media, as well as cultural and critical boundaries. Speakers are invited to explore the crossing of forms and themes, and to ascertain the extent to which canonized definitions suit the extreme volatility of a genre that challenges categorization. From an ideological viewpoint, moreover, crime fiction has proved to be highly metamorphic, as it has been variously used to challenge, reinforce or simply interrogate ideas of ‘law and order’.

The enduring appeal of the genre is also due to its openness to historical and cultural movements – such as feminism, gender studies, queer politics, postmodernism – as well as to concepts drawn from specific fields of knowledge, such as sociology and psychology. Similarly relevant to the ‘metamorphoses of crime’ are cultural exchanges among remote areas of the world, which add new perspectives to the genre’s representation of customs and ethnical issues.

Scholars, practitioners and fans of crime writing are invited to participate in this conference that will address these key elements of crime fiction and real crime, from the early modern to the present day. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
• True Crime, Fictional Crime
• Crime Reports and the Press
• Real and Imagined Deviance
• Adaptation and Interpretation
• Crime Fiction and Form
• Generic Crossings
• Crime and Gothic
• The Detective, Then and Now
• The Anti-Hero
• Geographies of Crime
• Real and Symbolic Boundaries
• Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity
• The Ideology of Law and Order: Tradition and Innovation
• Gender and Crime
• Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators
• Crime and Queer Theory
• Film Adaptations
• TV series
• Technology
• The Media and Detection
• Sociology of Crime
• The Psychological
• Early Forms of Crime Writing
• Eighteenth-Century Crime
• Victorian Crime Fiction
• The Golden Age
• Hardboiled Fiction
• Contemporary Crime Fiction
• Postcolonial Crime and Detection
Plenary speakers will be Eric Peter Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong) and Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna).
Please send 200 word proposals to Professor Mariaconcetta Costantini and Dr Fiona Peters to the following email account: by 15th February 2019.
The abstract should include your name, email address, and affiliation, as well as the title of your paper. Please feel free to submit abstracts presenting work in progress as well as completed projects. Postgraduate students are welcome. Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Proposals for suggested panels are also welcome. .
G. d’ Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara is located in Abruzzo, Central Italy. One part of the campus is in Chieti on the Abruzzo hills. The other part, which will be the main venue of the conference, is in Pescara. The Pescara campus, which is near the city center, is very close to the Adriatic coast and the pinewood celebrated by poet Gabriele D’Annunzio in his verse.

Pescara is the biggest city in the region of Abruzzo, and it boasts a vibrant cultural life, with an important jazz festival (Pescara Jazz Festival), a national literary festival (Festival delle Letterature dell’Adriatico), and an international film festival and competition (Flaiano Film Festival and International Awards).

The city has a small airport with direct connections to London Stansted, which might be a useful option for those of you travelling from the UK (Ryanair flight). There are also some Ryanair flights from other European cities).

Anyone planning to travel from British and Continental cities can consider taking a flight to Rome and then take a bus to Pescara (we advise against travelling by train, since the connections are complicated and it takes longer than the bus).

You can check timetables and prices on the following website (for connections from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airports):
or on the website (only for buses departing from Fiumicino)


€ 110 (euro)
€ 80 (euro): students

Fees include: 6 coffee breaks, 2 light buffet lunches, 1 conference dinner.

A second optional dinner will be organized (costs: about € 25). Delegates will be contacted by the organizers some time before the conference, given details about the menu and costs, and asked if they wish to participate. Payments will be made on the spot in euro.


Below please find a list of recommended hotels and B&Bs with all details (prices have been negotiated for the conference):
Suggested Hotels in Pescara with special agreement for the Conference

B&B Hotel Pescara Piazza Duca D’Aosta, 4
(Bus 21, 3, 6, 7)
Tel: +39 085374241 Single room: 49,00 €
Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 55,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 61,00 €
Breakfast included
Hotel Ambra Palace Via Quarto dei Mille, 28
(Bus 21, 3, 6, 7)

Tel: +39 085378247 Single room: 45,00 €
Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 55,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 65,00 €
Breakfast included

Hotel Regent
Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, 64/66
(Bus 10)

Tel: +39 08560641, +39 085 60642
Single room: 55,00 €
Double room(2 Adults): 63,00 €
Triple room: 89,00 €
Quadruple room: 102,00 €
Addition Superior room: 9,00 € (per room/per night)
Continental breakfast included.
Best Western Hotel Plaza Piazza Sacro Cuore, 55
(Bus 21, 3, 6, 7)

Tel: +39 0854214625 Single room (1 twin bed): 89,00 €
Comfort double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 105,00 €
Comfort double room (2 Adults): 129,00
Breakfast included
Hotel Esplanade Via Primo Maggio, 46
(Bus 21, 3, 6, 7)

Tel: +39 085292141 Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 78,00 €
Double or twin room (2 Adults): 107,00 €
Addition Room with sea view: 10,00 € (per room/per night)
Breakfast included.
Hotel Diamante Via Alcione, 161, Francavilla al mare (CH)
(Bus 21, 7)

Tel: +39 085817356 Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 60,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 90,00 €
Breakfast included.
Hotel Alba Via M. Forti, 14
(Bus 21, 3, 6, 7)

Tel: +39 085389145, +39 0854225097, +39 085292163 Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 75,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 100,00 €
Breakfast included.
B&B Borgomarino Via Venezia, 28
(Bus 8, 11)

Tel: +39 3334447770 Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 35,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 55,00€
Triple room: 75 €
Quadruple room: 85 €
Breakfast included.
(Prices include city tax. 5€/night discount for a minimum stay of two nights. 10% discount for advance payment)
B&B Villa Aurora Viale della Riviera, 99
(Bus 2)

Tel: +39 3382701356 Double room (occupancy: max 1 Adult): 55,00 €
Double room (2 Adults): 80,00€
Breakfast included.
(Prices include city tax)

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