Cultural Representations of Crime and Policing: Scottish and International Perspectives, Past and Present

16-17 April 2013

Balbeggie Suite, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and the University of Dundee, School of Humanities are pleased to invite you to this two-day meeting. The Conference is the fourth in a series of events funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts & Humanities Network Award on the theme of Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present. The network is intended to provide a unique forum for researchers to engage with police and criminal justice practitioners, with the aim of sharing and enhancing mutual knowledge and research agendas and providing an opportunity for contemporary Scottish crime and policing issues to be considered from an international historical perspective.

        The conference will explore the ways in which crime
        and policing have been understood and portrayed in
        popular culture from the Enlightenment to the present day


The aim of the conference is to explore the ways in which crime and policing have been understood and portrayed in popular culture from the Enlightenment to the present day. The focus will be on both the Scottish experience and the wider international context. Key themes will include the extent to which cultural representations of crime and policing - for example print and visual media, both fictional and non-fictional - differ from realities, and how far media portrayals shape popular understandings of crime and policing. Central to these discussions will be the question of what causes cultural representations and perceptions of crime and policing to change over the longer term. The event is aimed at a wide range of academic disciplines, criminal justice practitioners, and cultural media, with a view to stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue on the conference themes.


The second day of the Conference will conclude with a FREE Public Session, Crime Fiction and Science, in which Professor Sue Black (University of Dundee, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, and star of BBC TV's History Cold Case) will be in conversation with the crime novelists Stuart MacBride and Linda Stratmann.

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The venue will be the Balbeggie Suite, The West Park Centre, Dundee.

Located in the leafy west end of Dundee, West Park is set in its own extensive tranquil gardens, just two miles from the Dundee City Centre.


The following Conference fees will apply to all speakers and delegates (other than Invited Keynote Speakers):
Full conference registration & dinner:     £195.00   (concessions  £115.00)
Two-day conference registration only:   £170.00   (concessions  £90.00)
One-day conference registration only:     £85.00   (concessions  £45.00)
Conference dinner:                               £25.00


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PLEASE NOTE Bookings must be received by 28th March.


For information on travel to the West Park Conference Centre, please see : The West Park Centre website

Rooms are available at:

Premier Travel Inns (Centre or West are c.10 min drive), at a cost of c. £60 to £75 per room

Holiday Inn Express, Dundee at a cost of £85 per room.

Apex City Quay Hotel (4*), Dundee at a cost of £90 B & B per person.

For details of other Guest House Accommodation, please contact the Dundee Tourist Information Office (Telephone 01382 527527), or (Room Booking Service: 0845 2255121).


For further details, please contact Tim Heilbronn (

This Conference is being organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research in partnership with the School of Humanities, University of Dundee, and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh:

University of Dundee

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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