CFP: Scandinavian Crime Fiction in the 21st Century

Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

May 6-9, 2015 Columbus, Ohio

STREAM 2: Scandinavian Crime Fiction in the 21st Century

In recent years, the international interest in Scandinavian crime fiction has grown tremendously. Authors like Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, Karin Fossum, Jo Nesbø , Arnaldur Indriðason, Leena Lehtolainen, and Jussi Adler-Olsen – together with television series like The Bridge and Wallander, and films like Insomnia and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – are now familiar to readers and viewers over the world. For many people crime fiction is an important source of knowledge about Scandinavia today. Additionally, crime fiction is a growing and important topic of academic research and teaching, something that has also been shown by the number and popularity of crime fiction panels at previous SASS conferences. This stream wants to bring together Scandinavian Studies scholars with a wide range of approaches to the field, in order to promote a multifaceted discussion of Scandinavian crime fiction in literature, film, and other media from the last decades.

Paper proposals including, but not limited to, the following topics are encouraged:

1. Scandinavian crime writers, novels, and genres;

2. Scandinavian crime fiction and gender;

3. the portrayal of Scandinavian society in crime fiction;

4. adaptations of Scandinavian crime novels for film, television, and other media;

5. the translation of Scandinavian crime fiction;

6. Scandinavian crime fiction publishing and marketing;

7. the reception of Scandinavian crime fiction internationally; 

8. the use and definition of concepts of Nordic Noir, Scandicrime, Le Polar Polaire, Schwedenkrimi, etc.

For questions and more information about the stream, please contact Dr. Kerstin Bergman, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, at

Submit all proposals as 300 word abstracts in response to the stream directly to the SASS conference organizers at by November 1, 2014.

All other info about the conference can be found at:


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