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[ecrea] Call for Papers: International Culture & Media Research Conference

Mon Apr 12 14:22:57 GMT 2010

Second Call for Papers: International Culture & Media Research Conference

Abstracts: May 1st, 2010
Full Papers: September 1, 2010

Emotions, Media and Crime
with a Ph D course
September 29 - October 1, 2010
Aarhus University

It is our pleasure to invite all interested 
scholars and Ph D students to take part in this 
interdisciplinary conference on Emotions, Media 
and Crime in Aarhus. The aim of the conference is 
to highlight the relationship between emotion, 
media and crime in contemporary culture.

Crime is the central point of an extensive 
production of fiction in books, films, TV series, 
and games. Crime is also a popular subject of 
journalism, mediated in newspapers and electronic 
media, not least the internet. Import and export 
flourish, developing intercultural exchange in a 
variety of fiction genres as well as forms of 
journalism. In short, national and transnational 
mediation  and mediatization of crime has been a 
crucial factor in determining how crime is 
perceived and discussed within the public sphere. 
Popular crime fiction, TV series and crime scenes 
have even become concepts in tourism and destination branding.

Lately, scholars have called attention to the 
role of emotions in crime fictions. The 
melodramatic element has been enhanced, and 
sentimentality and mediated crime have been 
combined. This point of view has emerged in a 
search for another history of crime fiction, 
highlighting the role of supernatural, gothic and 
hardboiled sentimental genres. The emotional 
appeal also seems to be important for real as 
well as mediated crime scenes, just as crime 
audiences seem to appreciate this kind of appeal. 
In crime journalism, sensations have an important impact.

The exploration of these and related features 
invites to applying different methods and 
approaches (media sociology, textual analysis, 
combined cultural and criminological orientations, aesthetic analysis, etc.).

Consequently, we invite researchers from a wide 
range of disciplines: film and media studies, 
literature, tourism, branding and management, 
sociology, criminology and communication studies.

The conference organizers invite contributors to 
further investigate the relationship between 
emotion, media and crime in contemporary culture.

We invite papers to investigate the following areas:

a) Traditional history / another history:
- Historical development of media genres
- New perspectives on genre history
- Crime journalism in a historical view
- Crime fiction formats and genres in a historical view
- The interplay between actual, factual crime and crime fiction

b) Crime as a popular media product:
- The aesthetics of the crime scene
- Mediated crime and gender
- Bestsellers and blockbusters
- Imports and exports
- Cross-national co-production of TV series and other media products
- The crime scene as location and tourist destination

c) Converging media, production and affective culture:
- Emotions in journalism
- Emotions in fiction
- Sentimental crime audiences
- Cross-media production
- Interactivity, mobility and affect
- Fiction, media tourism and place branding

The conference will include plenary sessions with 
keynote speakers as well as parallel sessions 
with paper presentations in smaller groups.
Panel proposals (for at least 4 papers) are likewise very welcome.
Ph D students are invited to submit papers for presentation.
The abstracts (300 words) and the panel proposals 
must be submitted online: 
no later than May 1st, 2010

Submit abstract:                                          May 1st
Feedback regarding your abstract:           June 1st
Early bird register, no later than:               July 1st
Register, final date:                                     September 1st
Submit full papers (non-compulsory):     September 1st

Conference fee:
200,- Euro (register before July 1st)
fee:                                     300,- Euro (register after July 1st)
Ph D/students fee, Early bird:        100,- Euro (register before July 1st)
Ordinary Ph D/students fee           150,- Euro (register after July 1st)

Participants are kindly asked to individually 
provide for their own journey and hotel accommodation.

Conference homepage: 
Conference program will be updated online. You 
can also find suggestions for accommodation and 
travel routes, as well as you can register online and send you abstract online.

The confirmed invited keynote speakers are:

- Leonard Cassuto, Professor, Fordham University, 
NY, US: "Sympathy and Serial Killers."
- Maurizio Ascari, Senior Lecturer, University of 
Bologna: "From Enigmas to Emotions: the Twentieth 
Century Canonization of Crime Fiction."
- Torben Grodal, Professor, University of 
Copenhagen: High on Crime: the Psychology of Crime Fiction Consumption.
- Gunhild Agger, Professor, University of 
Aalborg: Emotions, Gender and Investigation.

We have also organized a panel on Crime Scene with invited speakers:
- Elke Weissmann, Edge Hill University 
University, UK: Crime scene as Quality TV.
- Stijn Reijnders, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 
The Netherlands: Guilty landscapes and the detective tours.

The conference is organized by the research 
project Crime Fiction and Crime Journalism in 
Scandinavia: <>
It is supported by FMKJ, The Danish National 
Research School for Media, Communication, and Journalism.

Contact persons:
Gunhild Agger, professor, D Phil
Dep. of Culture and Language,
Aalborg University. Email: <mailto:(gunhild /at/>(gunhild /at/

Anne Marit Waade, associate professor, Ph  D
Dep. of Information and Media Studies,
Aarhus University.  Email: <mailto:(amwaade /at/>(amwaade /at/

Conference secretary:
Ulla Rasmussen, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus 
University: <mailto:(kultur /at/>(kultur /at/

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
Pleinlaan 2 - B-1050 Brussels - Belgium
T: ++ 32 (0)2-629.18.56
F: ++ 32 (0)2-629.36.84
Office: 5B.401a
European Communication Research and Education Association
E-mail: (Nico.Carpentier /at/

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