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Murder: Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity, Call for Presentations

Nickie Phillips

Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity

Part of The Violence Project

Saturday 1st August – Monday 3rd August 2015

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Murder is the ultimate taboo, an assault not just on an unlucky individual but on the very fabric of society.…This inter-disciplinary meeting seeks to investigate the subject – and perpetrators – of murder in their various guises. We invite participants to explore the subject and perpetrators of murder from the full range of disciplinary and professional perspectives. The conference aims to generate an inclusive dialogue involving researchers, artists, clinicians, social workers, representatives from the voluntary sector, legal professionals, individuals whose lives have been impacted by murder and others with an interest in the field.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Defining and Conceptualising Murder:
Legislative provisions for defining and punishing murder (including international law)
– Murder and the legal process (including defences and punishment)
– Cross-cultural perspectives
– Impact of historical and cultural change on the understanding of murder
– Philosophical perspectives – de Sade, Nietsche, Brady, etc.
– Religious conceptions of murder and death
– Penalties for murder – capital punishment vs. life imprisonment, whole life tariffs, ‘Right to Die’ and ‘Right to Life’, etc.
– Impact of race, gender, sexuality and class on the way murder is understood and punished
– Defences/justifications of murder
– Limits on the definition of murder: animals, mercy-killing, etc.
– Community responses to murder

Special Categories of Murder:
War crimes and genocide
– School shootings, spree killing, thrill killing, mass murder, Craigslist murders
– Serial killers (including ‘Celebrity’ serial killers; serial killing as vocation or career choice)
– Family murders – matricide, patricide, filicide, infanticide
– Ideological murder: political assassinations, honour killing, martyrdom, freedom fighters, etc.

Murder and Psychology:   
– Factors that lead people to commit murder
– Mental fitness of perpetrators– PTSD, psychopathy, schizophrenia, The M’Naghton Rule, etc.
– Copy-cat killing
– Grief/coming to terms with murder; healing community scars

Murder and Technology:
Technologies that facilitate murder
– Technologies that facilitate the detection and punishment of murderers
– Forensic awareness and the ‘CSI effect’

Murder and the Media:
Reporting/representing murder – factual accounts, fiction, and fact-based fiction
– Perpetrator vs. victim – narratological framing, empathy, and the creation of news agendas, etc.
– Murder as entertainment: documentaries/true crime, fiction/TV/film, snuff
– The aesthetics of murder

Economics of Murder:
The cultural capital of murder
– Dark tourism, Ripperology, etc.

For more information on submission requirements and deadline click here.