From September 27th to October 1st 2022, 16 students from the universities of Zaragoza, Beira, Pau and La Plata took part in the 2nd edition of the thematic school "Rom'Pol. Crime fiction in Romance languages: an emerging cultural heritage".
On Tuesday and Wednesday, they've been diving into the history and theory of the "detective" genre, as well as a panorama of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and French crime fiction, through courses given by experts from each of the countries mentioned.
On Thursday and Friday, the students were invited to attend an international colloquium organised by UPPA, which enabled them to consider the circulation of these consumer crime fictions from the point of view of their transnational and transmedia circulation. Friday ended with a public meeting with five authors of crime fiction in Romance languages, followed by an exchange with Nadège Agullo, whose publishing house is regularly described as a "pioneer of European crime fiction".
Finally, on Saturday, the students were immersed into the Crime fiction festival "Un aller-retour dans le Noir". They've been attending the official opening ceremony of the festival and the presentation of the "Marianne/Un aller-retour dans le Noir" prize, and then take part in the various activities programmed as part of the festival: debates, immersive readings in the dark, and book signings. The thematic school clearly fulfilled the expectations of the students, who went home delighted by this human and intellectual experience.