Financial Crime in Fiction, Forensic Cognition and the Insistent Voices of the Dead’ with Joanne Rearon Lloyd and Christina Philippou
We have great pleasure inviting you to the Open University Contemporary Cultures of Writing
autumn seminar series (in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies)
Detective and crime fiction has become increasingly popular over recent years. From its roots in the nineteenth century, it has grown in many directions and we now have several sub genres to choose from: hard-boiled, cosy, procedural, and domestic noir, to name but a few. This raises questions for the writer and the reader. How do crime novels reflect contemporary politics and culture? How have advances in psychology, neuroscience and digital technology changed the fictional landscape? Is there a gender divide in the type of crime fiction written by men and women? Who are the victims in crime fiction – and who are the perpetrators? Does the crime always have to be solved? And does, as T.S. Eliot famously stated, ‘all good detective fiction tend to return and approximate to the practice of Wilkie Collins’?
One writer will speak at each of the seminars, with responding contributions from a related discipline (including crime studies, publishing and forensic psychology. )
Christina Philippou is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, teaching and researching in the areas of forensic accounting and financial crime. Prior to that, she spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant, undertaking disputes and expert witness work; fraud, insider trading, bribery and corruption investigations; regulatory and US sanctions compliance work; and AML, compliance, and fraud risk reviews. She has also been a member of accounting training teams, including acting as a financial expert for advocacy training for barristers and solicitors. Her debut contemporary fiction novel, Lost in Static, was published in September 2016.
Joanne Reardon Lloyd is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open University. Her fiction and drama has been produced on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines and anthologies including The London Magazine and the Cinnamon Short Story Prize where she was runner up in 2014. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and research interests focus on crime fiction and the short story - regular collaborations with fine artists include Still Life with Blackbirds with Richard, Kenton Webb in 2015.
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