Agatha Christie – conference

‘Whodunit’, and how have they ‘dunit’? Investigating Agatha Christie’s works and their adaptations

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She has sold over two billion books worldwide and has been translated into over 45 languages. She has written over 80 novels and a number of plays. Her work has been adapted for cinema, television, animation and, more recently, computer games. The characters she created have assumed the status of ‘fictional celebrities’; Poirot and Miss Marple have become transnational phenomena, and are the protagonists of Japanese animations series and video games for various platforms.

To investigate the work of the Queen of Crime, the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Derby will host a one-day Conference on September 12, 2011. The event will emphasize the numerous adaptations of her works across different media and different production contexts.

The confirmed Keynote Speaker of the event is Professor Sarah Street (The University of Bristol).

Papers are invited on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The process of detection in Agatha Christie
  • Agatha Christie’s detectives
  • Popularity of the ‘whodunit’ genre in the 20th and 21st century
  • Television and/or Cinematic adaptations
  • The country house, the detective, the murders -how contemporary crime genre has been inspired by Christie
  • Agatha Christie and the Theatre
  • Animation and Computer games adaptations of Christie’s novels

Proposals are welcomedfrom both established scholars and early career researchers including postgraduate students. The conference aims to bring together Agatha Christie scholars for a day of celebration of her work and of the works she continues to inspire.

Abstract of 250 words (deadline 10 June 2011) should be sent to:

Dr Serena Formica (
Dr Rhona Jackson (

Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology
The University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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3 Responses to Agatha Christie – conference

  1. Yvette says:

    This sounds absolutely wonderful – all Christie, all the time. (Well, at least for a good chunk of time.) What a great idea. I wish I could go. Hopefully there will be a comprehensive report on the proceedings…HINT!!

  2. Hello Yvette, it does sound rather good, doesn’t it? I have no idea if I’ll be able to go myself but I hope to be able to speak to people who will. Keynote speaker Sarah Street wrote an interesting chapter entitled ‘Heritage Crime: The Case of Agatha Christie’ on the film adaptations of the 1970s for the book SEVENTIES BRITISH CINEMA edited by Robert Shail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

  3. booky says:

    Conference has been postponed. It will sadly not take place on September 12.

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