CFP: [Science] Conference: Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelisation

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Thomas Van Parys

May 28-30, 2009
K.U. Leuven, Belgium

This conference wants to bring together scholars from science fiction
studies, adaptation studies and literary studies to share their expertise
and shed new light on science-fiction adaptations and novelisations.

Besides film adaptation, there will be a special focus on the
underdiscussed phenomenon of novelisation. Basically, novelisations are
novels adapted from or based on a film, a TV series, a video game, or other
media. In contrast to the more common adaptation process from book to film,
novelisations are usually padded versions of screenplays. At least in its
commercial or industrial form, a novelisation is released more or less
concurrently with the film, as a marketing tool, in order to heighten
visibility and awareness of the title. On the book market, however, the
general public may easily confuse novelisations with novels adapted into
films, as the latter are normally republished as tie-ins to film
adaptations. As the study of novelisations and cinéromans has already
progressed substantially in the French and Italian departments, this
conference will be centred on English-language novelisations especially.

The conference also seeks to extend the adaptation debate on two terrains.
First, genre is a dimension that has been fairly disregarded in adaptation
studies. In particular, we shall investigate not only the relations between
sf literature and sf cinema, but also how the focus on one genre
contributes to our understanding of typical adaptation issues such as
fidelity or the supremacy of the original text. Concerning science-fiction
novelisations, it will be interesting to see how they relate and/or do not
relate to sf literature and cinema. And while the success of novelisations
and spin-off novels is considered partly responsible for the niche
science-fiction literature has been pushed into, some of the most
interesting novelisations in general belong to the science-fiction genre.

Second, we would also like to encourage analyses that approach adaptation
from the narratological concept of space. Since narrative has traditionally
been associated with temporality rather than spatiality, space has always
lagged behind in narrative theory. As it can be connected with other
narratological concepts as well as paratextual and cognitive aspects, it is
perhaps ideally suited to balance different mediatic representations
against each other.

We invite papers from different perspectives and disciplines to contribute
to the discussion on science-fiction adaptation and novelisation. The
conference will be held in English.

Please send proposals, including a 300-word abstract, a brief CV,
institutional affiliation, and e-mail address, to:
The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2009.

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