Adaptation, Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2011. Confrence April 11-14, 2012

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Adaptation Section, Popular Culture/American Culture Associations
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The "Adaptation" Section of the 2012 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference

Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 14
In Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Marriott, Copley Place

Proposal deadline‚ÄĒDecember 15, 2011

As always, papers on any and all aspects of adaptation will be considered. In addition to these general adaptation papers and panels may we suggest two possible areas of focus:
Focus 1: NBC's new crime drama, Prime Suspect is only the latest in a long tradition of transatlantic film and television adaptations. These adaptations include both acknowledged adaptations like The Office, and unacknowledged adaptations like Doc Martin/Northern Exposure. The manner in which writers, directors, producers and actors (along with designers and other members of the production crew) adapt characters, situations, and plots for new audiences suggests a great deal about culture, aesthetics, and even social morality. Consider submitting individual papers as well as panel proposals dealing with these cross-cultural adaptations. Remember that these might include television to television adaptations, along with film to television, television to film, literature to film or television, literature to literature, film to new media, and various other kinds of adaptation.
Focus 2: Robert Stam suggests that one way to circumvent the (largely un-productive) fidelity-debate is to view an adaptation as a reading of its source text ("Beyond Fidelity"). As we read the adaptation in this manner we acknowledge the possibility of other readings; this allows us to focus productively on the textual and philosophical implications of the adaptation's specific choices, rather than over-rely on evaluative criteria attached to a static (fidelity) reading of the source. What implications does this approach have for pedagogy? How might this notion work to empower adaptors along with those who study adaptations?

We consider "adaptation" a way of looking at texts more than a particular brand of texts. Thus we welcome papers on new media adaptations, literature to literature adaptations, and radio adaptations along with film and television adaptations. Papers on any and all aspects of adaptation most definitely will be considered.

The deadline for proposals is December 15.

Contact me directly to propose a panel

Online submission of individual paper proposals is preferred. Go to and follow the directions to propose a paper. If you have problems submitting a proposal online contact me.

Dennis Cutchins
English Department
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84606