Laura Crossley is a lecturer in Media and Film Studies, with a PhD from the University of Manchester; the PhD investigated notions of nation and identity in Peter Jackson’s
Lord of the Rings trilogy. Areas of interest focus on representations of British national identity in film and television, British stars and stardom and the function of nostalgia in film. She has published on the spy film and is currently working on a monograph on British espionage cinema. Her most recent talks have focused on the fictional female agent, Modesty Blaise.
Clara Sitbon is a scholarly teaching fellow at the University of Sydney where she lectures in French Studies. Her PhD focused on Vernon Sullivan and the literary hoax. She is currently working on two monographs, one on Vernon Sullivan, the other on the Série Noire, and is leading a number of edited collections, including on Boris Vian and hoax theory. She is a member of the University of Newcastle’s Detective Fiction on the Move strategic research network.