The Intellectual Silk Road: Cross-Media and Cross-Cultural Adaptations

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Association of Adaptation Studies

The topic of this year's Association of Adaptation Studies conference will focus on adaptation as a site for cultural exchange, reflecting the importance of trading activities along the Silk Road as sites for the transmission not just of goods but of ideas and cultures. Possible issues to be addressed in this conference might include:

· Cross Cultural Theories of Adaptation: does the term 'adaptation' have different significances in different cultures?
· Filming Shakespeare or other western canonical authors in nonwestern cultures
· Adaptation as Transmission Between Cultures and Forms (e.g. print, radio, theatre, television, films, and video games, as well as cross-cultural stage and film adaptations)
· The Pedagogy of Cultural Exchange: Interdisciplinary or Cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching adaptation
· Occident and Orient: Adaptations across 'east' and 'west'
· Travel Adaptations, both fictional and nonfictional (documentaries, feature films as well as shorts)
· Adaptation as a form of cultural (re-)negotiation
· The Mass Media and Cultural Exchange: globalization vs. localization
· Autobiography and Cross-Cultural Adaptation

It is hoped that this conference might underline the potential of adaptation studies to create new intellectual Silk Roads across cultures as well as across disciplines. However, we also welcome more general papers on the subject of adaptation studies, focusing on any kind of adaptation – film, television, video game, as well as other media.


Proposals for presentations (20 minutes max + 10 minutes for questions) are invited to address the issues outlined above, either through individual case-studies or through more general theoretical approaches.

Please send proposals BY APRIL 30, 2011 at the latest to both addresses below:

Prof. Dr. Günseli Sönmez İşçi,
Dean, Faculty of Science and Letters

Laurence Raw
Başkent University, Ankara