Crime and Punishment: From the Medieval to the Early Modern and the Neo-Gothic

Call for Papers

Deadline: 17th May, 2019

Questions of crime and punishment are writ large across many of our social and political spaces. We see injustice navigated on social media and protested in the streets, spun on film and fought in music. The narratives of criminals and law makers, sometimes valorised and sometimes vilified, surround us.

For the fifteenth annual Medievalism Transformed conference, Bangor University’s School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics asks what echoes of these issues we can find in the medieval and early modern periods. The conference is not limited to those periods, also covering representations of the medieval and early modern across the centuries – including the neo-medieval, early modernism, and the neo-Gothic. Neither is it limited to literature – we accept papers from any area, including linguistics, law, history, sociology, philosophy, religion, and film and media studies. Creative writing submissions, either in the form of posters or readings, are also welcomed.

Potential topics and themes include:

  • representations of crime, justice and punishment
  • crime, law and class
  • immigration and vilification
  • networks of law, networks of crime
  • gender and justice
  • crime and the marginalised
  • the materiality of crime
  • folk heroes
  • censorship and licensing
  • the creation of notoriety
  • disability and retribution
  • building the legal system
  • the taxonomy and aesthetics of crime and the criminal
  • sensation and society
  • retribution and justice
  • crime and the media
  • papers and periodicals
  • languages and rhetorics of crime and law
  • deviance and activism
  • music, ballads, and broadsides
  • space, place, and the justice system

Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words for 20 minute presentations to For more information, visit