The Handmaid's Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation (symposium)

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Mikel J. Koven, University of Worcester
contact email: 

The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre Adaptation – a one-day symposium
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Film Studies @ Worcester
Jenny Lind Building, University of Worcester

Despite being written over 35 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian New England where fertile women are kept prisoner in reproductive servitude, has been making headlines in 2017 due to the remarkable Hulu produced television series (screened in the UK on Channel Four). This symposium seeks to bring together diverse scholars for a day of discussion and debate.

Film Studies @ Worcester are soliciting proposals for 20-minutes paper presentations on any aspect of the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian (and frighteningly prescient) novel.

Areas of potential specialization include:

  • Literary studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Gender studies
  • Television studies
  • Science-Fiction studies

We particularly encourage multi- (cross-) discipline approaches. An edited collection of papers may emerge from this symposium.

Please send abstract proposals (between 200-300 words) to Mikel Koven ( by 15 July, 2017.

We are hoping to run this event with no-cost to participants, including lunch.