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Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference 2018, with a special focus on Entertainment Franchises. The University of Amsterdam | 27-28 September 2018 Confirmed Keynotes: Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester, UK), Professor Christine Geraghty (Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Glasgow). Organized by Joyce Goggin

Detail Summary
Start date 27 September 2018
End date 28 September 2018
Time 00:00
Location University Theatre

We live in a ‘post truth’ world populated by ‘alternative facts’. Both terms are politically, narratively and aesthetically resonant as applied to, and in conversation with, adaptation studies. The 2018 Association for Adaptation Studies annual conference invites reflection on questions of truth, untruth and post-truth in the context of adaptation studies, as well as on the meaning and applications of facts, ‘true’, ‘alternative’ and ‘evolving’.

In considering the current status of truth in concert with adaptation studies, we might ask to what extent adaptations may be considered a genre of alternative fact, diverging creatively, or purposefully; clarifying and/or distorting attention from an ‘original’. Can an adaptation be a truer version of a particular story or idea than its ostensible source, and are degrees of truth admissible across the versioning of a story? More generally, might it be the case that the contemporary attachment to adaptations expresses something particularly germane to the concerns and priorities of a post-truth global society?

Within this broader context, we also encourage submissions that address the cultural work undertaken or expressed by prequels and sequels that build on a particular character or story franchise, but were not written or produced by the author who first penned them. One particularly evocative and well-known example of a story franchise that has generated a vast array of prequels, sequels and iterative adaptations is Ian Fleming’s Bond series. While Fleming’s novels, such as Casino Royale, have generated a number of post-original versions which vary widely from the initial text, the notion of Bond has also spawned various post-Fleming films, novelisations, and games that attempt to recreate the secret agent’s youth, or look forward, as the Daniel Craig films do, to 007’s declining years. Given that a new Bond film has been announced for 2019, this year’s AAS conference will feature a special focus on adaptations of Fleming’s oeuvre as well as on the continuing post-Fleming prequel and sequel industries.

We invite single-paper and panel proposals on any of these topics, and are particularly interested in proposals that address the politics, industries and ideologies of adaptation.

The conference chair for the AAS 2018 conference is Dr Joyce Goggin at the University of Amsterdam

Program Highlights

27 September
Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16

8:30 - 9:00 
Registration and Coffee /Tea

9:00 - 9:15   
Welcome from the AAS: Judith Buchanan and Jamie Sherry (AAS co-Chairs)
Opening Remarks: Joyce Goggin (Conference Organiser)

Keynote: James Chapman (University of Leicester) “Adapting Bond: The Texts of Casino Royale”
Chair: Roger Shannon (Edge Hill University)

Panels (see program)

28 september 
Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16

Keynote : Conversations with Anthony Horowitz
With: Judith Buchanan and James Chapman

Keynote: Christine Geraghty
“Spaces and Frameworks: Making Room for Diversity in Period Adaptations”
Chair: Kamilla Elliott
Location: Oudemanhuispoort D 0.09 [Map 4]

University Theatre
University Theatre

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18
1012 CP Amsterdam