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The 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK, 26-27 September 2016

The Association of Adaptation Studies conference was attended by more than 100 delegates with publishers from Palgrave Macmillan and Oxford University Press. Organised by centre staff, Professor Deborah Cartmell and Dr Jamie Sherry, it was also attended by Centre research students, past and present, including Ashley Polasek, Laura Fryer, Sally King, Dave Cliffe and Lucy Hobbs.

Andrew Davies: The Screenwriter as Adaptor: 18th March 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester.

In celebration of the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive, the Centre of Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, hosted a one-day conference on the British screenwriter. Alongside entering into a conversation about the writer’s oeuvre, conference delegates were invited to attend a discussion with Davies and visit a new exhibition at De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre. Archival materials on display included original scripts from some of Davies’ most loved adaptations, such as Pride and Prejudice, alongside letters and notes between Davies and his collaborators.
This conference initiated a critical appraisal of Davies’ work, situating analysis of individual productions within the context of a wider oeuvre and interrogating the role of the screenwriter/adaptor within the adaptive process.

Adaptation and Dance: 2 March 2016, Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Dance productions frequently draw on artistic precedents. Ballet companies rely on classics based on fairy and folk tales but audiences also enjoy an expanding repertoire of works based on a broader range of sources: art – The Green Table, The Rake’s Progress, A Simple Man; the Bible – Job, The Judas Tree, The Prodigal Son; film – Edward Scissorhands; biography – Anastasia, Fall River Legend, Mayerling; children’s literature – The Tales of Beatrix Potter; novels – Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, Manon, Woolf Works; operas – The Car Man, Madame Butterfly; plays – Edward II, Hobson’s Choice; poetry – Images of Love. Shakespeare has provided inspiration for a large number of dance-makers. These examples signal how across several decades choreographers working globally with a range of companies have produced one-act and full-length pieces for stage and screen. In recent years there has been growing interest in the analysis of a range of topics connected with adaptation and dance. By bringing together scholars and practitioners, this one-day conference sought to move away from the dominant focus on film and television in Adaptation Studies and consider the neglected area of dance.

Adaptation and the Metropolis, London, 24-25 September, 2015

The 10th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies conference took place on 24-25 September 2015 at Senate House, London, focusing on the theme of Adaptation and the Metropolis. Keynote speakers included screenwriter Andrew Davies, former Head of BBC Drama, Jonathan Powell, Graham Holderness (co-founder of Cultural Materialism) and Judith Buchanan (who spoke about her role as academic advisor on a new film of Macbeth).

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25 March 2015 CFP: Richard III: Histories--Transformations--Afterlives, De Montfort University

Coinciding with the interment of King Richard III in Leicester, De Montfort University's Centre for Textual Studies and Centre for Adaptations co-hosted a one-day conference on the histories, transformations and afterlives of Richard III. 20 minute papers were invited on all topics outlined in the conference poster:

CFP Richard III: Histories--Transformations--Afterlives

24 February 2015
CFP: Biopic Adaptations 

Keynote speaker: Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe, discussed her work for the BBC's upcoming drama, Life in Squares.

Although ‘biopics’, or film biographies, have been around since the beginning of cinema, scholarly interest in the subject is only beginning to develop. This one day conference hosted by the Centre for Adaptations brought together scholars and practitioners in a range of topics, such as the evolution of the biopic from the silent to the contemporary period, biopics of writers, sporting heroes, politicians, royalty and gangsters, and debates concerning gender, sexuality, race and historical integrity.

CFP Biopic Adaptations Poster

Conference Programme

26-27 September 2014
AAS Conference to held at Flagler College, Florida

3rd June 2014
A one-day symposium - Reforming Shakespeare: 1593 and After
Held at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

19th February 2014
From Theatre to Screen and Back Again Held at De Montfort University

26-27 September 2013
Disturbing Adaptations - The 8th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies
Held at the Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden

27 February 2013
Adapting Dickens - A one day conference

26 February 2013
Shakespeare and Japan - A one day conference

27-28 September 2012
(University of York) Visible and Invisible Authorships
See University of York website

28 February 2012
Adapting Historical Narratives - A one-day conference

18, 19, 20 November 2011
The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity conference

29-30 September 2011
6th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference

Thursday 27 January 2011
Beyond Adaptation - Appropriations, Allusions and Intertextuality

Wednesday 26 January 2011
Erotic Adaptations: A One-Day Symposium

Tuesday 25 January 2011
Adaptations and the New Technologies: A One-Day Symposium

Wednesday 24 November 2010
Vegetarians, VILFs and Fang-Bangers: Modern Vampire Romance in print and on screen

30 September - 1 October 2010
Fifth International Association of Adaptation Studies Conference, The Centre for British Studies, Berlin

January - April 2010
Adaptations Seminars

Monday 1 March, 2010
Children's Film and Literature - Day Conference

Wednesday 25 November 2009
Cult Adaptations Symposium

Thursday 24 - Friday 25, September, 2009
British Film Institute
4th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference

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