Call for papers : Cultural Representations of Crime and Policing

Cultural Representations of Crime and Policing:

Scottish and International Perspectives, Past and Present

West Park Conference Centre,

University of Dundee

16-17 April 2013


Speakers include:  Professor Sue Black, Professor Peter King, Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Dr Chris Murray and Linda Stratmann.

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research and the School of Humanities, University of Dundee, invite proposals for papers to be presented at this two-day conference.  The conference is the fourth in a series of events funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts & Humanities Network Award on the theme of Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present.  The network is intended to provide a unique forum for researchers to engage with police and criminal justice practitioners, with the aim of sharing and enhancing mutual knowledge and research agendas and providing an opportunity for contemporary Scottish crime and policing issues to be considered from an international historical perspective.

The aim of the conference is to explore the ways in which crime and policing have been understood and portrayed in popular culture from the Enlightenment to the present day.  The focus will be on both the Scottish experience and the wider international context.  Key themes will include the extent to which cultural representations of crime and policing — for example print and visual media, both fictional and non-fictional — differ from realities, and how far media portrayals shape popular understandings of crime and policing.  Central to these discussions will be the question of what causes cultural representations and perceptions of crime and policing to change over the longer term.  The event is aimed at a wide range of academic disciplines, criminal justice practitioners, and cultural media, with a view to stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue on the conference themes.

Proposals for individual 20 minute presentations will be considered and should be submitted by 15th January 2013 to Dr Murray Frame at  Please include a short biography and a brief abstract (c.250 words) of your proposed paper.  We will let you know as soon as possible after 15th January if we can include your paper in the programme.

Conference fees:

Full conference registration & dinner:                      £195.00

Two-day conference registration only:                    £170.00

One-day conference registration only:                     £85.00

Conference dinner:                                                    £25.00


When you register we will provide you with details of accommodation and travel options.