About Captivating Criminality


Captivating Criminality is a conference and research project directed by Dr. Fiona Peters of Bath Spa University, assisted by Dr. Rebecca Gordon Stewart of Bath Spa University. The first international conference of the project, Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Darkness and Desire, ran in April 2014 and the second, Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Traditions and Transgressions, is taking place in June 2015.

In the run up to the second conference the Captivating Criminality Network is being launched, which will work to continue the themes and ideas instigated at the conferences. The project as a whole seeks to bring academic study of crime fiction to a wider audience.

Conference Details/Update

The conference begins in less than a week and I know that some of you are travelling quite soon, so I’m sending some information that you will need

When you arrive at Corsham Court on Thursday morning, coffee and registration are from 9.00, with the welcome at 10.00. You will be directed to The Barn on arrival by a student helper. Please don’t arrive before 8.30 as this is when the Court opens. You will be able to access eduroam and the Cloud while at the Court.
Rebecca, Annabel and myself will be there to help you with any queries both at registration and all through the conference, together with the wonderful student helpers.

Presenting your paper
Most of you are presenting papers. Please remember that your presentation must keep a maximum of 20 minutes. The papers in each panel will be given first and then time allowed for questions. PowerPoints should be brought with you on a memory stick on the day. Please look at your panel on the website and if there are any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Chairing a panel
I would be very grateful if you could make sure that the 20 minute maximum for each paper is enforced as we have many panels over the three days of the conference and a tight schedule to adhere to. If speakers keep to the 20 minutes this allows enough time for a good discussion afterwards. Please look on the website to see if you have been put down to chair a panel. if you have and that’s a problem, please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks.

Corsham Court is strictly no parking. Please use the free or public parking available nearby in Corsham, as shown on the attached map, which I hope you will find helpful.

Wednesday evening
If delegates are in Corsham or Bath on Wednesday evening, I suggest that we could meet up for a drink and perhaps some food. I suggest meeting at the Royal Oak on Corham High Street at around 6.00: http://www.corshamroyaloak.co.uk/index.phpand then we could arrange to get to Bath around 8.00 and meet at The Tramshed: http://www.thetramshedbath.co.uk/findus It would be useful to know how many delegates are in Bath that evening and then decide whether to come over or stay in Corsham. It would also be very helpful to have numbers of who would be going to Bath and back as I can try to arrange transport which would be less expensive that individual taxis. This is a very flexible suggestion, just a plan to meet up before the conference begins, if anyone is interested.

Best wishes, and on behalf of myself, Rebecca and Annabel, we are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people next week.


Extended Deadline – 2 March 2015

We have received a diverse range of proposals that all really embrace the themes of our conference and this is shaping up to be truly international.

We have been contacted a number of people asking for a little more time to submit and we are happy to extend the deadline for proposals until 2 March to allow everyone the chance to participate.

Find out how to participate here: Call for papers

Call for papers now live

Call for papers for our second Captivating Criminality Conference is now live – head here to check it out.

This conference aims to consider the traditions of crime fiction, in particular in reference to the ways in which these have been transgressed. Remember to get your abstracts to us no later than Valentine’s Day next year!