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DETECT - Detecting Transnational Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives

16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions; Research Projects; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021

DETECt – Detecting Transnational Identity in European Popular Crime Narratives – addresses the formation of Europe’s cultural identity as a continuing process of transformation fostered by the mobility of people, products and representations across the continent. Because of the extraordinary mobility of its products, popular culture plays a decisive role in circulating representations that constitute a shared cultural heritage for large sectors of the European society. The project examines examples of serial crime fiction, film and TV dramas from 1945 to present, to learn how mobility strategies such as coproduction, serialization, translation, adaptation, distribution, and more, have influenced the transnational dissemination of European popular culture. It also investigates how the treatment of specific ‘mobile signifiers’ – including representations of gender, ethnic and class identities – affect the ability of European narratives to migrate outside their place of origin, and be appropriated elsewhere in different and variegated ways. Researching the contemporary history of the crime genre in Europe, DETECt aims to identify the practices of production, distribution and reception that are best suited to facilitate the emergence of engaging representations of Europe’s enormously rich, plural and cross-cultural identity.
The knowledge acquired through a detailed research programme will be used in cultural, educational and training initiatives designed to prompt the elaboration of new transnational formats for the European creative industries. These activities will profit from a set of experimental research and learning resources and innovative collaborative tools, aggregated and organized on the DETECt online platform. A range of activities will be addressed to the general public. In particular, the development of crowdsourcing tools will allow users to contribute to the shaping of a geographic history of the European crime genre.

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