CFP: “Remapping Culture with Detective Fiction”

Here is a CFP that Chris Willerton asked me to post for the upcoming Christian Scholars Conference (June 3-5, 2015). Proposals are due by January 15th.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Remapping Culture with Detective Fiction”

How can detective fiction aid in the task of remapping culture? This panel will explore possibilities for scholars interested in both theology and culture. Crime stories are more than commodities. The unexpected popularity of Nordic Noir, The Silence of the Lambs, and re-imaginings of Sherlock Holmes, for example, are clues to culture that demand interpretation. How might Christian scholars, for example, situate such works and their cultures theologically? Does a given detective story have something to say about sin, eschatology, redemption, and other religious issues in the culture it represents? How might the issues differ for scholars from Buddhist, Muslim, or other religious contexts? See the Thursday65 blog ( for sample topics and other details.

The venue is the Christian Scholars Conference (June 3-5, 2015, at Abilene Christian University). Aimed mainly at scholars from the Churches of Christ, the conference welcomes anyone who supports the conference’s aims. The 2015 plenary speakers include Tavis Smiley and Christian Wiman. See program details at Proposals (300-400 words) should bear a title, author’s name, email address, and bio note including academic affiliation. Acceptances go out by February 15. Completed papers are due May 15. Readings are limited to 15-18 minutes (think 7-9 double-spaced pages). Readers must register with the conference to present their papers.

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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1 Response to CFP: “Remapping Culture with Detective Fiction”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Rather than reading the Archer stories solely as mysteries, thrillers, entertainments, and detective stories (though of course they can exist solely on that level for readers who are interested in them as such), we’d do ourselves a favor to consider them in a few other ways as well. In the massive reference work World Authors 1950-1970, published by the H.H. Wilson Company, Macdonald wrote that The Galton Case and Black Money “are probably my most complete renderings of the themes of smothered allegiance and uncertain identity which my work inherited from my early years.” Of course, in Black Money the smothered allegiance occurs between the lovers Ginny Fablon and Tappinger.


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