Watching the Transnational Detectives: Showcasing Identity and Internationalism on British Television

London, 8.-9. November 2018

Institute of Modern Languages Research,

Senate House, School of Advanced Study, University of London

8-9 November 2018

Organised by the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures of the University of Hull with support from the Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies project (part of the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative)



Thursday November 8th

09:00     Registration at IMLR, Senate House.

09:45     Welcome

Panel 1

10:00     Stan Beeler (English Department, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada): ‘This is not San Francisco: Babylon Berlin and the German version of The Hardboiled Detective’

10:30     Hilary Potter (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, UK): ‘Transnationalism, Nationalism, Historicising & Recycling in Babylon Berlin?’

11:00     Susanne Eichner (School of Culture and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark): Local segmentation as sales strategy: Watching the German crime series Tatort in the UK.'Tatort’

11:30     Coffee break

11:45     Keynote speaker: Lucy Mazdon (Department of Film Studies, University of Southampton, UK) ‘Remaking the female detective’

12:45     Lunch

Panel 2

13:30     Eli Løfaldli (Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU): ‘Exporting Ideology: Modern Fatherhood in Nordic Noir Crime Series’

14:00     Jacqui Miller (Department of Media and communication, Liverpool Hope University, UK): ‘Martin Beck: Translation and Adaptation, a Labyrinth of Noir’

14:30     Jeff Morrison (School of Modern Languages, Maynooth University, Ireland): ‘Alternative to mainstream to market leader: the fate of Scandi crime drama’

15:00     Coffee break

Panel 3

15:15     Stefania Antonioni (Dept of Communication, Humanities and International Studies, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy): ‘The crime scene has never been so lively: Inspector Coliandro and the other side of Bologna.’

15:45     Carmen Fiano and Elena Martusciello (Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, Italy): ‘Female and male characters’ language: A corpus-based analysis of Inspector Montalbano’

16:15     Anousch Khorikian (School of Arts, University of Hull, UK): ‘Inspector Rex: When a Dog Takes Over Control’

16:45     Kenneth Longden (School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK): ‘“Walter Presents”, Transnationalism, and the Postproduction Detective Fiction Experience’

17:15     Break

17:30     Q&A with ‘Walter Presents’


Friday November 9th

Panel 4

09:00     Monica Dall’Asta (Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, Italy): ‘Euronoir as a Transcultural Genre’

09:30     Federico Pagello (Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, Italy) : ‘Transnational Online Distribution and the Case of Nordic Noir TV’

10:00     Luca Barra (University of Bologna, Italy): ‘The Many British Lives of Italian Contemporary TV Drama’

10:30     Caius Dobrescu (University of Bucharest, Romania): ‘British Crime Dramas and the Emergence of European Noir’

11:00     Coffee break

11:15     Keynote: Andrea Esser (Department of Media, Culture and Language, Roehampton University, UK) ‘Transnational Detectives and the Appeal of the ‘Authenticity’ of Place’ 

12:15     Lunch   

Panel 5

13:00     Serena Laiena (Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK): ‘Inspector Montalbano: the local dimension from national to transnational’

13:30     Abigail Loxham (Department of Modern Languages and Cultures,University of Liverpool, UK): ‘Reframing Spanish Women on British Screens: the case of Vis-à-vis /Locked Up and Sé quien eres/I Know Who You Are’.

14:00     Anja Louis (Languages and Cultures, Sheffield Hallam University, UK): ‘Transnational success made in Spain’

14:30     Coffee break

14:45     Roundtable

16:00     End of conference.