Crime Fiction Studies: Crime Fiction and Indigeneity

Due Date: 12-15-2023

Crime Fiction Studies invites contributions for a themed issue on crime fiction and indigeneity. Studies on Indigenous crime fiction are few and far between. Crime Fiction Studies seeks to overcome this lack. We particularly welcome contributions on Indigenous crime writers as well as contributions by Indigenous scholars. The themed issue adopts a global Indigenous studies approach and therefore no limits are placed on the geographical, linguistic, or cultural breadth of Indigenous crime fiction.

As Mary Louise Pratt has identified in Planetary Longings, the term Indigeneity “is relational, a product of the colonial encounter” (18). Yet, before they were Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations People, etc., they were and still are Apache, Gadigal, Inuit, Iroquois, Māori, Quiche, Sámi, Tibetan, Xhosa, etc. The themed issue welcomes contributions that explore how Indigenous crime writing engages with both the impact and legacy of the colonial encounter and the impact of crime on individual communities.

Potential areas of research into Indigenous crime writing include

  • Indigenous knowledges, law, and methodologies
  • Racial justice and sovereignty
  • Connection to land or country, sustainability, and environmentalism
  • Transnational or comparative connections between Indigenous crime writing and writers
  • “Survivance” (Vizenor) and the future
  • Postcolonialism and decoloniality
  • Indigenous adaptation and rewriting of the genre’s codes and conventions

Please note that while we welcome studies on crime fiction from around the world, the abstracts and articles are to be written in English.

Abstracts for the issue are due 15 December 2023; decisions will be announced on 15 January 2024, with full drafts (7,000–7,500 words) due 15 May 2024. Please submit your abstract to

Please limit abstracts to around 200 words and include an author biography with your submission. For details on submitting, including the style guide, please visit