Adaptation and Modernisms

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Adaptation Studies

Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference 2019
Adaptation and Modernisms: Establishing and Dismantling Borders in Adaptation Practice and Theory
Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
19th-20th September 2019

Keynote speakers:
Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Film Studies at Yale University, USA
Lars Elleström, Professor of Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden

The Modern, the Postmodern, the Premodern, the Metamodern, and other “modernisms” are concepts deeply rooted within attempts to conceptualise Western and global development in history, politics, geopolitics, economy, and in scientific, socio-cultural, and aesthetic domains. In any attempt to “think historically” or to “look at the bigger picture,” these terms are unavoidable.

Different versions of “modernism” are deeply concerned with historical changes and cultural transformations, including adaptation of various kinds. Seeing “modernism” as a continuum enables us to ask questions about what changes and what stays the same across the different “modernisms,” and such transpositions and transgressions can be insightfully analyzed by adaptation studies. The conference ponders how different media, views of temporality, historical periods, and theories of art travel within and across different kinds of modernisms and how their producers and consumers construct and engage with them. At the same time, the conference attends to how the etymology of “modern” and the accompanying concepts of “novelty”, “the new”, and even “revolution” echo in different epochs and their adaptations, and to what can adaptation studies tell us about their transformation into “norm”, “the old”, and “the Classic”.

We welcome papers concerned with, but not limited to, topics related to the following questions:

  • How does adaptation practice, and theoretical concepts connected with it, inform or change in various kinds of “modernisms”?
  • How does today’s adaptation studies respect / cement / ignore the conceptual borders of premodernism, modernism, postmodernism, postmodernism, post-post-modernism, and metamodernism?
  • How do different kinds of modernisms inform the cultural, political, aesthetic, and media exchange of adaptations?
  • Does adaptation studies offer new ways of looking at the adaptation of, for example, Modernism by Postmodernism?

 Conference chairs: Dr Petr Bubeníček, Dr Miroslav Kotásek

Proposals for conference papers should be written in English, include the name, academic affiliation, and a short author bio (no more than 100 words), the title of the paper, and an abstract (250 words or less) and should be sent in Microsoft Word or .pdf format to the email address:

Deadline for paper proposals is 14th February 2019.
The participants will be notified of the acceptance of their papers by 10th April at the latest.

In order to participate in the conference, all confirmed speakers must be members of the AAS. To register, please follow this link: 

Up to four travel bursaries are available for postgraduate students delivering papers at the 2019 conference: up to two for students based in the EU (£250 each) and up to two for students based outside of the EU (£500 each). Bursary recipients must be registered members of the AAS. To apply, please follow this link: