2021 Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Online Conference. It was a resounding success. We look forward to seeing everyone in person at the 2022 LFA Annual Conference in New Orleans!

In the meantime, check out the CFP for the AAS/LFA Online Joint Conference: http://litfilm.org/conference/joint-conference/

UPDATE – In-person 2021 Conference is being condensed and moved online

Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Literature/Film Association—in coordination with its conference participants’ input—has decided to cancel the in-person conference in New Orleans. Accepted presenters have been given the opportunity to (1) present in a Zoom session during the same dates as our 2021 conference, (2) postpone their presentations until the in-person 2022 event, or (3) withdraw completely.

Below is the schedule for the online event that will be held in lieu of the New Orleans conference this year. There is no formal registration, and this event will be free.

Those who decided to postpone their presentations until 2022 have been recorded. We will send a notification when the submission window reopens, and said presenters will be automatically accepted for the 2022 conference.

If you were not already registered for the in-person conference before it was canceled but would now like to attend the online event, please fill out this form.

We hope you are able to join us next month for these online panels!


Thursday, 10/21 

Form and Aesthetics – Thursday, 10/21 at 2:00 PM EST

Seth Lewis, University of New Hampshire, “The Myth of Total Shakespeare”

Rebecca Pelky, Clarkson University, “The Border as Adaptive Space in Heid Erdrich’s Poem-Film, ‘Indigenous Elvis Works the Medicine Line’”

Laura Creekmore, Louisiana State University, “Storytelling and Singular Collectivity: Distant Relationships in Manga Creation and in Anime Adaptation”

Auteurs as Adapters – Thursday, 10/21 at 4:00 PM EST

Danny Siegel, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “A Losing Game: Varda and Storytelling”

David Schwartz, John Carroll University, “Bodies of Water, Bodies of Text: The Role and Productive Superabundance of Permeable Frames in Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon”

Robert Ribera, Portland State University, “I Don’t Know Anyone at All: Isolation, Adaptation, and Certain Women”

Friday, 10/22 

Adaptation in/and Hollywood – Friday, 10/22 at 2:00 PM EST

Dennis Rothermel, California State University, Chico, “When Bette Davis Became the Toast of Harlem”

Brennan Thomas, St. Francis University, “‘Sheep’ Actors: The Objectified Underclass of Alfred Hitchcock’s Films”

Kevin Luongo, Savannah College of Art and Design, “Watchmen: Hollywood’s Reliance on Adaptation”

Adaptation in Practice – Friday, 10/22 at 4:00 PM EST

Allene Nichols, Mississippi University for Women, “Using Adaptation to Teach Media and Cultural Literacy”

May Toudic, University of Aberdeen, “Theory and Practice: Producing Adaptation as an Academic”

Olga Kopylova, Tohoku University, “Adaptation on the Right Lines: Creative Workers Addressing Visual (In)Fidelity in Manga-based Anime”


2021 Literature/Film Association Conference 

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 

October 21 to October 23, 2021

Keynote: Vicki Mayer, Tulane University 

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 link by July 1, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Pete Kunze at litfilmconference@gmail.com. Accepted presenters will be notified by July 15, and the conference program will be available by August 1. We anticipate being in person, but we will follow CDC guidelines accordingly.

The conference hotel rate of $199/night is available at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter. Limited travel grant support is planned to be available for select graduate students, non-tenure-track faculty, and/or independent scholars and artists. We also will award Best Graduate Student Paper. Details for an added application process for such support will be shared following proposal acceptances in July. 

The conference registration fee is $200 ($150 for students and retirees) before October 1, 2021 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. 

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

Conference Registration