Adaptation- Call for Papers

University of Washington, Seattle. May 20 - 21, 2010.

Keynote Speaker: Paul A. Harris, Associate Professor of English at Loyola
Marymount University (Los Angeles).

In an effort to promote scholarly discourse in all disciplines and fields,
the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Washington,
Seattle invites graduate students to submit papers addressing notions of
adaptation, a concept Dudley Andrew calls, “potentially as far reaching as
you like” (Andrew, Concepts in Film Theory, 1984). The appearance of two
journals dedicated to adaptation studies in the past two years along with
the proliferation of theoretical texts on the subject testify to the
ever-increasing reach of the topic.

We thus invite papers that take seriously Thomas Leicht’s pronouncement that
the future of adaptation studies depends on leading it away from its
dependence on the “book-into-film” model. While not excluding papers that
address the literary as an original source, this conference encourages
approaches that move away from concerns of fidelity toward broader and more
inclusive discourses. How might allowing for a broader range of original
source texts suggest innovative shifts in adaptation? Or, how do
non-literary source texts enlarge the range of adaptation?

We also invite papers that explore the farthest reaches of "adaption
studies," as the turn to the digital continues to challenge both the medial
and disciplinary specificity of "adaptation.” Do these shifts mean we need
to rethink notions of adaptation? What does it mean to adapt to new
technologies? And how might these changes influence disciplines beyond the
humanities and social sciences? Do new technologies affect categories of the
natural in the sciences? Or does it mean that the cyborgs of science fiction
are the new domain of the history of science? And how might these
technologies translate into issues of scale and creativity in our built
environment, where the program and not the architect, or so it has been
argued, is itself the source of creativity?

Topics of exploration may include but are not limited to:

Aesthetics of Adaptation
Theorizing Adaptation
Global (R)evolution(s)
Literature at a Digital Crossroads
Genre Adaptation in the Arts
Film/New Media
Limits to Adaptation
Adaptation Proprieties
Post-colonial/traumatic/war adaptations
Adapting to the Digital in Architecture
Adaptive Interfaces
Hardwares, Softwares, Wetwares
Didactic Adaptations
Queering Adaptation
Human Rights and Adaptation
Bio-molecular Adaptations

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to present a 20 minute
paper addressing the topic of Adaptation. Abstracts of 200-250 words should
be submitted to [log in to unmask] (attn: Grad Conference) accompanied by a
short bio or CV no later than February 15th, 2010.

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