Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

Event Date: 8 December2012

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Birkbeck School of Law present:

Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

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.

Programme:

Welcome by  Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck)

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Panel 1

Giancarlo De Cataldo (Judge of the Appeal Court of Assize, Rome; widely published writer of both non-fiction (including In Giustizia (2011) and fiction (including Romanzo Criminale 2002); screenwriter and translator) -  Journalism and Justice

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

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Patricia Tuitt (School of Law, Birkbeck) -  Crime, Fiction and Legal Critique

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Panel 1 discussion

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Panel 2

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

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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)

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

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Panel 2 discussion

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Film and performance:  Collisions by Zimbo (Birmingham-based musician; director and founder of One Mile Away),  Anastasia Tataryn (School of Law, Birkbeck) and Penny Woolcock (film director and documentary maker; winner of the Michael Powell Award, 66th Edinburgh International film Festival)

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Panel 3

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 ‘The Killing ‘

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

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Panel 3 discussion

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Giancarlo De Cataldo in Conversation with Costas Douzinas on law, justice,
politics and fiction (including questions from the floor)

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