IX Crime Fiction and Film Noir Congress: The reinvention of a genre.
From the 16th to the 19th of April 2013, fedoras, police badges, revolvers, hip flasks and fishnet stockings will be common topics in Salamanca. Writers, directors, journalists, experts and fans of film noir and crime fiction will convert Salamanca into the crime capital during the University of Salamanca’s IX Crime Fiction and Film Noir Congress.
The motto of the congress is “The (re)invention of a genre”. A declaration of intention if we take into account the vague frontiers of the crime genre in the last few years, since it has converted into a sub culture constantly present in cinema, comic and literature.
During the Crime Fiction and Film Noir congress in Salamanca there will be round table discussions, debates and approximately 150 conferences conducted by experts in the genre from Europe and the United States. Despite what it may seem, it is not aonly an academic event. Event organisers have the intention of transforming the congress into a festival and in an attempt to attract the wider public’s attention they have organised various parallel events among them the screening of classic films from the film noir genre and a gala dinner.
Some of the subjects to be covered at the Crime Fiction and Film Noir Congress are: the history and present of crime fiction in Europe, the figure of the private eye, the validity of Sherlock Holmes through the years, the format of the genre in comic, videogame and the small screen.
This year at the Crime Fiction and Film Noir Congress, the first edition of the Pata Negra Award will be held, where the award is given to the best crime fiction published in Spain. There will also be a short story competition and expect other surprises whilsdt the official program is being completed.
See you there!
- When: 16-19 April
- Where: Faculty of Philology and the Castilla and Leon Fimoteca.
- Participants: Isabel Vazquez, Gonzalo Suarez, Alfons Cervera, Benjamin Prado and Patricia Ferreira