Conference

WORK & PLAY 

2022 Literature/Film Association Conference 

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 

October 20 to October 22, 2022 

Keynote: Vicki Mayer, Tulane University 

Take three! We hope to return to in-person conferencing this fall with an examination of work and play, broadly conceived. Holding the annual conference of the Literature/Film Association in New Orleans raises questions of labor and leisure in relation to adaptation in the study of literature, film, and media. Not only has the city served as the home to writers and filmmakers, but it also has become a major media capital in its own right, enticing television and film production with tax incentives and its distinctive culture. As “work” and “play” have motivated a good deal of recent scholarship across literature, film, and media studies, we invite presentations that put these concerns in conversation with adaptation, broadly defined. While we welcome papers on any aspect of film and media studies, we are especially interested in presentations that address one or more of the following concerns regarding work or play:

  • the work behind adapting into a different medium 
  • labor and cultural production 
  • authorship and adaptation 
  • the workplace as cultural intersection/metaphor in literature, film, and media 
  • production studies and below-the-line labor 
  • play in cultural production 
  • teaching adaptation and adapting teaching 
  • labor, social change, and adaptation 
  • adaptation as textual play 
  • gameplay as adaptation 
  • games as adaptations or adapting games 
  • play in analyzing and interpreting text 
  • plays as adaptations or adapting plays into a different medium 
  • performance as adaptation 

We also have significant interest in general studies of American and international cinema, film and technology, television, new media, and other cultural or political issues connected to the moving image. In addition to academic papers, presentation proposals about pedagogy or from creative writers, artists, and filmmakers are also welcome. 

Vicki Mayer is Professor of Communication at Tulane University. Her research encompasses media and communication industries, their political economies, infrastructures, and their organizational work cultures. Her publications seek to theorize and illustrate how these industries shape workers and how media and communication work shapes workers and citizens. Her theories inform her work in the digital humanities and pedagogy, most recently on ViaNolaVie and NewOrleansHistorical. Her books include Producing Dreams, Consuming Youth: Mexican Americans and Mass MediaBelow the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy; and Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy

Please submit your proposal via this Google Form by July 1, 2022. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Pete Kunze at litfilmconference@gmail.com. Accepted presenters will be notified by August 1, and the conference program will be available by August 15 to enable travel planning.

The conference hotel rate of $199/night is available at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter.

The conference registration fee is $200 ($150 for students and retirees) before October 1, 2022 and $225 ($175 for students and retirees) thereafter. All conference attendees must also be current members of the Literature/Film Association. Annual dues are $20. To register for the conference and pay dues following acceptance of your proposal, select your registration and click on the PayPal “Buy Now” button below that will take you to where you can sign in to your PayPal account and complete the transaction. If you aren’t registering for the conference but want to join or renew as a member, you may just pay membership dues ($20).

Presenters will be invited to submit their work to the Literature/Film Quarterly for potential publication. For details on the journal’s submission requirements, visit here.

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