Crime Fiction & The Law, Symposium 8 Dec 2012, Birkbeck, University of London

The pur­pose of this one day Symposium on Crime Fiction and the Law is to de­velop an in­ter­dis­cip­linary and public-​facing re­search and teaching focus on the re­la­tion­ship between crime fic­tion and the law. This focus is broad-​based and in­cludes is­sues such as: the re­la­tion­ship between crime fic­tion, legal reas­oning and cri­tique; psycho-​analytical per­spect­ives on crime-​fiction; ques­tions sur­rounding the rule of law and the re­la­tion­ship between law and justice; gender is­sues; legal, polit­ical and so­cial im­pacts of fic­tional rep­res­ent­a­tions of crime and justice; the re­la­tion­ship between fac­tion and fic­tion; and, the im­pact of law on the de­vel­op­ment of crime fiction.

The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the School of Law, as part of its twen­tieth an­niversary cel­eb­ra­tions, and by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Starts: Dec 08, 2012 10:00 AM
Finishes:Dec 08, 2012 06:00 PM
Venue: Room B33 Main Building
Booking: This event is free but re­gis­tra­tion is es­sen­tial - re­gister here


Chris Boge, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cologne:
Suspending Democracy: Vigilante Justice and the Rule of Law in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

Giancarlo De Cataldo, Judge of the Appeal Court of Assize, Rome; widely pub­lished writer of both non-​fiction (in­cluding In Giustizia (2011)) and fic­tion (in­cludingRomanzo Criminale (2002), I Traditori (2010) and Io Sono Il Libanese (2012)); screen­writer and trans­lator:
Journalism and Justice

Peter Fitzpatrick, School of Law, Birkbeck:
Mysterium non tre­mendum, or: the nor­mality of transgression

Oscar Guardiola-​Rivera, School of Law, Birkbeck:
On Genocide. From Sartre to Cortázar

John Kraniauskas, Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck:
Force/​Law/​Power: On 
The Wire

Fiona Macmillan, School of Law, Birkbeck:
Is Bondurant’s 
The Wettest County in the World really Lawless?

Janet McCabe, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck:
The Girl in the Faroese Jumper: Female Representation, Sexual Politics and the Precariousness of Power and Difference in con­tem­porary Scandinavian TV crime drama

Patricia Tuitt, School of Law, Birkbeck:
Crime, Fiction and Legal Critique

Barbara Villez, Department of English for spe­cific pur­poses (Département d’études des pays anglo­phones), University Paris 8; Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities:
Coming out of the con­fu­sion: Representation of French justice through 
Spiral(Engrenages season 4)

Chair and com­ment­ator: Maria Aristodemou, School of Law, Birkbeck

The fol­lowing two events will also form part of the Symposium:

  • Giancarlo De Cataldo (see above) in con­ver­sa­tion with Costas Douzinas (School of Law, Birkbeck; Director of the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities) on law, justice, politics and fiction;
  • Collisions by Zimbo (Birmingham-​based mu­si­cian; dir­ector and founder of One Mile Away), Anastasia Tataryn (PhD stu­dent, School of Law, Birkbeck) and Penny Woolcock (film dir­ector and doc­u­mentary maker; winner of the Michael Powell Award, 66th Edinburgh International film Festival): A rap-​ballet fu­sion about the col­li­sion of two worlds on a street corner — an en­counter, where two forms of living (one con­sidered gen­er­ally il­legal and crim­inal, the other legal and “normal”), two styles of art, two ways of com­mu­nic­ating, col­lide and play-​off each other.

Contact name:

Julia Eisner
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities
Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

T: (0) 20 7631 6612
E: j.​eisner@​bbk.​ac.​uk

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