Adapt, Adopt, Adept: The Material Phenomenon

deadline for submissions: 
November 26, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Alaska Anchorage Pacific Rim Conference
contact email: 

Adapt, Adopt, Adept: The Material Phenomenon

March 23rd and 24th

BP Energy Center, Anchorage, AK


Adaptation, in its various forms and mediums, is, according to Linda Hutcheon, often viewed as “minor and subsidiary and certainly never as good as the ‘original.'” At a base understanding, audiences understand adaptation as the process or product of change. Adaptation theory proposes that the many facets of adaptation, such as adoption, translation, shifting, modeling, and even appropriation, are complicated processes and products not easily defined.

Those outside of academia can view adaption, in its various forms, as merely a stepping stone; we look forward to an opportunity to problematize this notion. The Pacific Rim Conference, hosted in the beautiful and diverse city of Anchorage, AK, calls for participants to consider adaptation, adoption, appropriation, and adeptness not just as a process but as the material that enlightens the humanities to an understanding of the cornucopia of cultures in which people thrive. Understanding these valued signifiers, whether they are literature or language or anything in between, and their re-assemblages allows new scopes for all audiences to appreciate both old and new significations. The 2018 Pacific Rim Conference encourages participants to consider all elements of adaptation in their proposals. In particular, Pacific Rim is interested in exploring:

  • What are current trends in adaptation, adoption, or appropriation? 
  • What genres are a result of adaptation?
  • How is adaptation or adoption used in pedagogy?
  • How are cultural movements like feminism, gender rights, and #BlackLivesMatter impacted by adaptation, adoption, or appropriation?
  • What are differences or similarities between adaptation words such as, but not limited to, adaptation, translation, appropriation, or adoption?
  • How are textual narratives tailored to the visual medias (picture books, movies, television series, video games)?
  • What similarities and differences exist between linguistic shifts and literature adaptation?
  • What influence does adaptation have on translation?

While these are questions 2018’s Pac Rim is particularly interested in, any topics relating to various forms of adaptation in English studies are welcome.

Individual Paper Proposals: Please send a 250 word abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation. All submissions must include the tentative title of the paper, your name, institutional affiliation, and email address.

Panel Proposals: In addition to providing contact information for each panel member, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words summarizing the panel and describing each paper.

Roundtable Proposals: In addition to providing contact information for each participant, please send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words for the proposed round table topic.

In addition to the aforementioned requirements, all abstracts should connect selected discussion and discourse to this year’s conference theme. Please submit proposals to no later than November 26th, 2017.