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Literature/Film Association Annual Conference

POLITICS, ETHICS, AND ADAPTATION

October 26 – 29, 2017

University of Montana: Missoula, Montana USA

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Literature/Film Association Annual Conference

POLITICS, ETHICS, AND ADAPTATION

October 26 – 29, 2017

University of Montana: Missoula, Montana USA

Call for Papers –  Lit Film Association 2017 Call for Papers (PDF)

Deadline for proposals is June 19, 2017.  Please send proposals to Walter Metz at wmetz@siu.edu

What are the political and ethical dimensions involved in adaptation – between media, genres, societies, communication systems, and other narrative and cultural phenomena? How are topics of politics and ethics treated in different textual and mediated spaces? These are questions the LFA seeks to address and discuss at this year’s conference as we face a time of acute political division nationally in the US and internationally across the globe. Connected to these queries are considerations of responsibility and freedom involved in acts of expression and communication in literature, film, mass media, the press, government, and everyday life. How can boundaries found between and amid such spaces be challenged and re-approached via the lens of politics and ethics? While such a view involves definitions and rules of power, privilege, and principle, this critical scope can also invite us to imagine new paradigms of possibility.

Thematic suggestions for proposals include (but are not limited to):

Addressing political and ethical dimensions of adaptation in the context of

–          contemporary America and other current national / global settings

–          creating modes of  time and history

–          division, polarization, and transformation as themes in literature, film, and media

–          dynamics of capitalism, business, and industry

–          issues of nature and the environment

–          teaching and education

–          textual  constructs of verity and fiction

Beyond media and genre: models of translation, assimilation, autonomy, defiance

Ethics and “fidelity” in adaptation

Histories and recent emergences of far-right politics and radical nationalism

Inter- and intra-national perspectives and problems in adaptation

Mediation and Indigenous cultures

Narratives of colonialism, post-colonialism, power, and resistance

Progressive and/or revolutionary politics and adaptation

Questions of ethics, politics, gender, sexual identity

Race and ethnicity

Religion, religious institutions, and spiritualism

Tradition and conservatism in acts of adaptation

War, trauma, violence, and adaptation

Papers are invited from all areas of film and media studies. Proposals relating to the conference theme and suggested areas outlined above are especially encouraged, but also of significant interest are general studies in American and international cinema, film and technology, television and new media, and other cultural or political issues connected to the moving image. In addition to academic papers, presentation proposals from creative writers, artists, and film-makers are also welcome.

Please send 300-500-word abstracts by June 19th, 2017 to Walter Metz at wmetz@siu.edu

The 2017 LFA Conference will take place at the University of Montana in Missoula, about a 2 ½ hour drive from world-famous Glacier National Park. Missoula’s blend of outdoor access, attractive campus town atmosphere, and cultural flair makes for a unique setting that is sure to energize this year’s meeting. Non-stop flights to Missoula (MSO) are offered from hubs in Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, and Seattle, providing one-stop transfer service from many major and mid-sized cities across the US as well as a number of international locations.

Hotel and accommodation information will be provided to conference attendees once proposal acceptances have been communicated in June or early July. Limited travel grant support is planned to be available for select graduate students, non-tenure-track faculty, and/or independent scholars and artists. Details for an added application process for such support will be shared following proposal acceptances in June.

The conference registration fee is $150 ($120 for students and retirees) before September 25, 2017 and $175 ($150 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 use our PayPal feature on this page.

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 www.salisbury.edu/lfq

Our conference keynote speaker is Theodore Van Alst, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Native American Studies at the University of Montana, where he is also a member of the Film Studies program. A writer, critic, and educator, Van Alst has published book chapters in Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins and in the series Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Indigenous Research, Great Plains Quarterly, as well as in the Cuban cinema and television journal Mirados, and his fiction and photography have been featured in The Rumpus, The Raven ChroniclesHigh Desert Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, Entropy, and Indian Country Today. Professor Van Alst has additionally worked as a project consultant for the Disney Channel and NPR’s All Things Considered, appeared in the History Channel series Mankind: The Story of All of Us, and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets on subjects ranging from Native representation and Tonto to Spaghetti Westerns, headdresses, and Twilight. He is also co-editor and creative editor of Transmotion: A Journal of Postmodern Indigenous Studies, and editor of the volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones.  A collection of Van Alst’s own short stories, Sacred Smokes, will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in the fall of 2018. Van Alst is currently working on a book project on European cinematic treatments of American Indians in the 1960’s and 70’s to be titled either Code(d) Red: Revolution and American Indians in European Film or Spaghetti and Sauerkraut with a Side of Frybread.

For more information about this year’s conference, contact Marton Marko at marton.marko@mso.umt.edu.

Conferences of the Literature/Film Association are held on an annual basis, typically in the Fall.  Past venues have included Rowan University, University of Kansas, Towson University, Dickinson College, Baskent University, and York College of Pennsylvania.


Past Conferences

Literature/Film Association Annual Conference
October 13-16, 2016
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

“Alternate Worlds”

Download LFA 2016 Conference Program –  LFA 2016 Schedule (PDF)

Every work of fiction in every medium presents a world distinct from our own. Adaptations in particular can be defined in terms of their worlds, which provide alternatives to both the world of their audience and the world of their source texts. And some works of fiction invite us to think more speculatively and precisely about what it means to present or encounter an alternate world. Film and media adaptations have frequently projected an alternate cinematic world on screen that re-imagines the past and future. Movies (Blade Runner, The Quiet American), TV shows (Sherlock, Agent Carter), and digital ‘new media’ series—increasingly streamed and ‘binge watched’ on Netflix (House of Cards) and Amazon (The Man in the High Castle)—have been inspired by a variety of fiction novels, short stories, plays, comics, graphic novels, and historical works of nonfiction, memoirs (Bridge of Spies) or documentary (Jazz on a Summer’s Day) cine-essays that mediate and reframe history to portray an alternate worldview which re-imagines the past and anticipates a vision of future events. Digital video streaming and binge watching of films and media also creates an alternate world transforming the cinematic or televisual viewing reception experience. What does this cinematic adapting, re-imagining of the past (or future), and projection of an alternate world on screen tell us about the cultural moment we find ourselves in? The 2016 Literature/Film Association conference explores the theme of “Alternate Worlds.”

The conference’s keynote speakers will be Frank Spotnitz, Chief Executive of Big Light Productions and writer-producer of the Amazon television series The Man in the High Castle (and The X-Files) who will discuss adapting Philip K. Dick; award-winning New York Times and JazzTimes critic Nate Chinen (co-author of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music with George Wein) will discuss adapting jazz to film in the Newport documentary Jazz on a Summer’s Day; and Thomas Doherty, Professor and Chair of American Studies at Brandeis University, an Academy Film Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, associate editor for Cineaste, film review editor for the Journal of American History, and cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. Doherty’s books include Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 (Columbia UP); Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration (Columbia UP); Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture (Columbia UP); Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 (Columbia UP); Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II (Columbia UP); and Teenagers & Teenpics: The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950’s (Unwin Hyman).


Literature/Film Association Annual Conference
October 15-18, 2015
York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA

Download 2015 Conference Program (PDF): 2015 Film and Literature Association Program (Final)

“Adapting the Real”

Film adaptation has largely been inspired by fiction. Historically, the movies have taken their cue from novels, short stories, and plays. In recent years, however, a growing number of films have been based on works of nonfiction, including memoirs (American Sniper, Wild, Captain Phillips, Twelve Years a Slave), biographies (The Imitation Game, Unbroken, The Theory of Everything, Lincoln), histories (Argo, The Monuments Men, Public Enemies, Seabiscuit), reportage (The Bling Ring, Fast Food Nation, Moneyball, Green Zone)—even self-help and inspirational books (Heaven is for Real, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Julie & Julia, Think Like a Man). Still other movies have sought to directly engage with or shape—in short, “adapt”—reality itself, from docudramas (Selma, Margin Call, Compliance, Foxcatcher) to essay films (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Los Angeles Plays Itself, My Winnipeg, Waltz with Bashir), to say nothing of the history of documentary itself. What does this new appetite for the real—especially where adaptation is concerned—tell us about the cultural moment we find ourselves in? The 2015 Literature/Film Association conference takes up the exploration of this question as its theme.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Corrigan’s work in Cinema Studies has focused on modern American and contemporary international cinema, with a special interest in adaptation and nonfiction film. His books include New German Film: The Displaced Image (Indiana UP), The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History (Routledge), A Cinema without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam (Routledge/Rutgers UP), Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader (2nd ed., Routledge), and The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker (Oxford UP), winner of the 2012 Katherine Singer Kovács Award for the outstanding book in film and media studies. He has also published essays in Film Quarterly, Discourse, and Cinema Journal, among other collections, and is an editor of the journal Adaptation.


Literature/Film Association Annual Conference 2014
FLUID FRONTIERS: MARGINS AND CONFLUENCES IN LITERATURE, FILM, MEDIA, AND CULTURE

October 2 – 4, 2014
University of Montana: Missoula, Montana USA

Download 2014 Conference Program (PDF): LFA 2014 Program

Come join us at the 2014 LFA Annual Conference on the beautiful campus of the University of Montana in the dynamic frontier river city of Missoula. This year’s conference focuses on dimensions of fluidity found at margins and meeting points of literature, film, media, genre, and culture. While proposals addressing these topics in the context of the American West are especially encouraged, presentations touching on any aspect of fluidity, frontier, and/or other physical and conceptual spaces that represent intersections of literature, film, media, genre and/or culture are welcome. Our conference keynote speakers are Montana film-maker Andrew Smith (Winter in the Blood, 2013; The Slaughter Rule, 2002) and Montana film scholar and film-maker Dr. Paul Monaco (John Dahl and Neo-Noir: Examining Auteurism and Genre, 2010; A History of American Movies: A Film-By-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema, 2010; The Sixties: 1960 – 1969 from The History of American Cinema Series, 2000).

 


LFA 2013 CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 10-12

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

“BIG SCREENS, SMALL SCREENS: SIZE MATTERS (IN ADAPTATION)”

“I like to watch. . .” writes David Thomson in his new book, The Big Screen (2012). “We citizens are living with screens, even if nowadays we don’t go to ‘the movies’. . . .” Thomson, noted critic and historian, is the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 LFA Conference. His book provides the theme of this year’s Conference—“Big Screens, Small Screens: Size Matters (in Adaptation).”  This year we explore the changing aspects and consequences of the many “screens”—big, small, stationary, and mobile— that dominate our visual culture. These range from the big theater screens of classical Hollywood to today’s television and computer screens, mobile, hand-held screens of iPhones and iPads, interactive video games, and the still frames of comic books and graphic novels. Moreover, we are no longer stationary viewers and readers positioned in public theaters and domestic armchairs; we consume our cinematic and literary texts on the move, in cars, office spaces, shopping malls, and airplanes. Consumption, perception, and comprehension of these texts are affected. As a result, the whole nature and practice of “adaptation” is changing.