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Centre for Adaptations


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


Centre for Adaptations 

The international Centre for Adaptations brings together academics from Drama, English, Film Studies and New Media.

It hosts the journal, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and the book series, Screen Adaptations (Methuen and Norton), organises workshops across universities in Europe and America, offers lectures during an annual cultural events week, and manages the annual Association of Adaptation Studies conference (which has taken place in Leicester, Atlanta, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Istanbul).

The English MA is offered through the Centre which also recruits students for the PhD / MPhil / MA by Research degrees.

The Director of the Centre for Adaptations is Professor Deborah Cartmell.

“The new journal, Adaptation and the new Association of Adaptation Studies is a most welcome development in an area that has been for so long under-represented in academic circles. As a practitioner, I find it rather thrilling to be the object of scholarly investigation!" - Andrew Davies - Screenwriter and novelist.


Congratulations to Professor Deborah Cartmell, who has been awarded the Jim Welsh Prize for Excellence in Adaptation Studies by the Literature/Film Association. This is wonderful recognition for all her hard work in this field.

Adaptation Studies 12th Annual Conference

Registration for the Association of Adaptation Studies 12th Annual Conference is now open. Click here to book.

AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU students:

The Centre for Adaptations at the De Montfort University is inviting applications from students whose research interests include a wide variety of adaptation topics under the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP). The deadline for M3C funding applications is 16 January 2017. For full details, please click here.

We are pleased to report that the Centre for Textual Studies and the Centre for Adaptations acquired the Andrew Davies archive in July of 2015. The collection consists of scripts, letters and unpublished materials which have been digitised. This exclusive material is an excellent addition to the Centres' collections.

We are delighted to announce a new PhD bursary, "Literary and Dramatic Adaptation: New Approaches and New Kinds of Evidence", currently being offered at De Montfort University in Leicester through the Centre for Adaptations and the Centre for Textual Studies. For more details, click here.

New publications

Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan, eds. Teaching Adaptations (Palgrave 2014): nominated by Palgrave for the best pedagogical book in English for 2014.

Deborah Cartmell, Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 (Bloomsbury 2015).

'From Theatre to Screen and Back Again', edited by Deborah Cartmell and Elinor Parsons, Adaptation (2014).View more publications

Related websites

Association Of Adaptation Studies

Oxford Journals: Adaptation

Conference news


CFP: The Association of Adaptation Studies 12th Annual Conference, De Montfort University, 18-19 September 2017

Registration for the conference is now open

The Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference will return to its roots in the Centre for Adaptation Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester, where it hosted the Association’s inaugural conference. Topics are invited on all aspects of adaptations and those with an emphasis on homecomings, returns, remakes and re-fashioning will be especially welcome.

The conference will take place in the newly refurbished De Montfort University campus in the heart of historic Leicester with opportunities to visit the Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester City Football Club and the Centre for Adaptations’ Andrew Davies Archive.

Proposals (maximum 150 words) should be sent to Professor Deborah Cartmell and Dr Anna Blackwell ( and by 30 March 2017. Please be sure to include your email address with your proposal.


CFP: Adapting Medieval and Early Modern Culture, 3 March 2017, Trinity House, De Montfort University, Leicester

Registration for the conference is now open

The convoluted histories of medieval and early modern monarchs, reformers and rebellions have inspired plays, novels, poems, fairy tales and a recent outpouring of popular medieval and early modern adaptations in novels, film and television, such as Merlin, The Game of Thrones, The Tudors and Wolf Hall. This one-day conference will explore an array of papers that discuss the adaptation of the medieval and early modern periods in film, television, animation, plays, novels and poetry.


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