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

A few details about the conference that people should find helpful:

  • The conference fee includes all lunches, coffees/teas and a drinks reception on the Thursday evening
  • The conference dinner being held on Friday 26 June should be booked separately. Once again, the dinner will be held at the wonderful Metheun Arms and is £24 per person.
  • Registration will begin from 9am on Thursday 25 June with the welcome to the conference at 10am. We are still waiting for the registration deadline before confirming the panels, but the conference should finish 4-4.30pm on Saturday 27 June.

We hope that everyone is as excited about this event as we are!

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!