Conference Programme

Noir in the North

Conference Programme

Hotel Saga – Radisson Blu



Wednesday, November 16th

9.30-10.00                   Registration (2nd Floor, Hotel Saga)

10.00-10.15                 Opening Remarks (Room: Katla II)       

Stacy Gillis & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir                    

10.15-11.30                  Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, ‘Yin Yang’

Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir

11.30-12.00                 Refreshments

12.00-13.30                 Panel One

1A) Noir & the Past (Room: Katla II)

Chair: Dagný Kristjánsdóttir

  • Melissa Jacques (University of British Columbia), ‘Mid-Century Modern and the Aesthetics of Fascism’
  • Christopher James (Bridgewater College), ‘Bleakness and Tenacity: Fin-de-siècle French Literature and Nordic Noir’
  • Daisy Neijmann (University of Iceland), ‘Fair Shores: Pastness and Authenticity in Arnaldur Indriðason and Ann Cleeves’

1B) Noir & National Identity (Room: Hekla I)

Chair: Giti Chandra

  • Kerstin Bergman (University of Lund), ‘From Solidarity to Neo-liberalism: The Swedish Police Novel’
  • Nina Muždeka (University of Novi Sad), ‘Nordic Noir and Subversive Sociopolitical Commentary: A Norwegian Example’
  • Catherine Nickerson (Emory University), ‘Lilyhammer’s “Land of Second Chances”’

1C) Noir & Space (Room: Hekla II)

Chair: Anne Marit Waade

  • Lughan Deane (University College Dublin), ‘Ghost Estates, Building Sites and Dead Developers in Irish Crime Fiction’
  • Graeme Gilloch (Lancaster University), ‘Views from The Bridge: Panoramas, Non-Places and Spatial Hieroglyphs’
  • Kjartan Már Ómarsson (University of Iceland), ‘White Nights: The Nordic Periphery in Baltasar Kormakur’


13.30-14.30                 Lunch

Restaurant Skrúður (1st Floor, Hotel Saga)


14.30-15.45                 Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)

Bruce Robbins (Columbia University), ‘The Place of Nordic Noir in the History of Violence’

Chair: Stacy Gillis

15.45-16.15                 Refreshments

16.15-17.45                 Panel Two

2A) Noir & the Epic (Room: Katla II)

Chair: Felicity Hand

  • Jillene Bydder (University of Waikato), ‘The Detective and the Sagas: Erlendur in the Novels of Arnaldur Indriðason’
  • Giti Chandra (University of Delhi), ‘Dragon Tattoos, Crime, and the City: The Contemporary Epic’
  • Michael Treschow (University of British Columbia), ‘Outsiders: Grettir the Strong and Carl Mørck’

2B) Noir & the Child (Room: Hekla I)

Chair: Sara Kärrholm

  • Katarina Gregersdotter (Umeå University), ‘The Child as Outsider and Avenger in the Work of John Ajvide Lindqvist’
  • Franziska Kretschmer (University of Freiburg), ‘The Child is a Vamp: The Supernatural Femme Fatale in John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson’
  • Andrew Nestingen (University of Washington), Kid Stuff: Nordic Noir and Quality’

2C) Noir & Work (Room: Hekla II)

Chair: Christinna Hobbs

  • Iratxe Fresneda (University of the Basque Country), ‘Female Detectives in Nordic Noir: Bron/Broen and Forbrydelsen
  • Kate Hinnant (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), ‘Life and Work, Work and Life: Traversing Boundaries in Nordic Noir’
  • Fiona Peters (Bath Spa University), ‘Saga, Sarah and Kurt: On the Borderline’

20.00                           Conference Dinner (for those who have pre-booked)


Thursday, November 17th


9.30-11.15                   Panel Three

3A) Noir & Genealogies (Room: Katla II)

Chair: Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson

  • Björn Norðfjörð (St. Olaf College), ‘To Be or Not To Be (Noir)’
  • Alda Björk Valdimarsdóttir (University of Iceland), ‘When Murder Comes to Town: The Dark Vision of Gerður Kristný’
  • Pao-Hsiang Wang (National Taiwan University), ‘“Seneca Cannot Be Too Heavy, Nor Plautus Too Light”: Heavy Business and Light Desire in Kaurismaki’s Hamlet Goes Business

3B) Noir & Women (Room: Hekla I)

Chair: Nina Muzdeka

  • Lorna Hill (University of Stirling), ‘Bloody Women: Female Protagonists Transforming Contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction’
  • María Socorro Suárez Lafuente (University of Oviedo), ‘Female Crime Writers and Their Detectives: Nordic Countries and Spain’
  • Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin), ‘The Woman Between: A Social Network Analysis of The Fall and The Bridge
  • Jon Wilkins (Independent), ‘Irene Huss: Mother, Wife, Detective’

3C) Noir & Reception (Room: Hekla II)

Chair: Kate Hinnant

  • Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir (University of Iceland), ‘A Brooding Nordic Noir? Noirish Elements in Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites
  • Sara Kärrholm (Lund University) and Carina Sjöholm (Lund University), ‘The Power of the Good Example: The Packaging of Characters and Places in Contemporary Nordic Noir’
  • Delphine Letort (Université du Maine), ‘The Transnational Values of Noir in Danish and American Television Series’
  • Jacqui Miller (Liverpool Hope University), ‘A Labyrinth of Noir: Martin Beck, Translation and Adaptation’

11.15-11.45                  Refreshments

11.45-13.00                 Keynote Address (Room: Katla II)

Mary Evans (London School of Economics), ‘Dark Nights and Moral Diversity: Very Good and Very Bad in Nordic Noir’

Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir


13.00-14.00                 Lunch         

Restaurant Skrúður (1st Floor, Hotel Saga)


14.00-15.30                 Panel Four

4A) Noir & Gender (Room: Katla II)

Chair: Gerardine Meaney

  • Guðni Elísson (University of Iceland), ‘The Monster in the Closet: Bisexuality and Discursive Unease in Arnaldur Indriðason’s Bettý
  • Anna Sigríður A. Guðfinnsdóttir (University of Iceland) and Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson (University of Iceland), ‘Femininity, Masculinity and Style in Arnaldur Indriðason’s Bettý
  • Björn Þór Vilhjálmsson (University of Iceland), ‘Male Violence and Female Victimhood: Social Justice in Steinar Bragi’s Kata

4B) Noir & Peripheries (Room: Hekla I)

Chair: Jacqui Miller

  • Felicity Hand (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), ‘Eco-noir: The Harshness of Norwegian Nature in The Consorts of Death
  • Christinna Hobbs (Liverpool John Moores University), ‘“Depressing, hideous…Beautiful”: Nordic Noir and the Postcolonial North’
  • Anne Marit Waade (Aarhus University) and Kim Toft Hansen (Aalborg University), ‘Locating Nordic Noir’

4C) Noir & Definitions (Room: Hekla II)

Chair: Delphine Letort

  • Parnal Chirmuley (Jawaharlal Nehru University), ‘Timely Translation: The Creation of Nordic Noir as an Identifiable Genre’
  • Andrew Pepper (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Nordic Noir, Transnationalism, and Problems of Definition’
  • Patrick Kent Russell (University of Connecticut), ‘Understanding American and Nordic Noir Critiques through Hard-Boiled Interrogations of Wealth and Crime’

15.30-16.00                 Refreshements 

16.00-17.00                 Roundtable (Room: Katla II)

“Whither Nordic Noir: Networks, Funding Bids, Publications & Other Plans”

Chairs: Stacy Gillis & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir


17.30-19.30                 Keynote Address & Reception (Reykjavik City Hall)

Val McDermid

Chair: Stacy Gillis

Keynote Address in association with Iceland Noir Festival

& Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature.

Reception Hosts: The British Embassy in Iceland


Conference Organisers:

Stacy Gillis (Newcastle University) & Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (University of Iceland)


Many thanks to the following for their support: The University of Iceland, Newcastle University,

the Rector of the University of Iceland & the Humanities Institute, University of Iceland.

Noir in the North is a Crime Studies Network conference (@crimestudiesnet).