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Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future

Limina/PMRG/MEMS@UWA conference held at The University of Western Australia

  

Image: Tatiana Shepeleva, Cyborg with human skull in his hand, shutterstock

Please note that due to current circumstances, the 'Adaptation in the Humanities' Conference has been postponed until September 2021. The Limina CFP remains open, and Limina welcomes article submissions on the conference theme for a special issue.

15th annual Liminia: The Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies and 39th annual Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference.

Date: 30 September–2 October 2021
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Call For Papers Deadline: Monday 12 April 2021
Enquiries: adaptationconference2020@gmail.com

Visit the conference website

 

Keynote Speaker

Professor Imelda Whelehan (The University of Western Australia)

Call for Papers

Our knowledge of the world imagined, experienced, or learned is constantly in flux. As humans, we change, adapt, and mould the environments around us, the knowledge systems we use and the items we create. Adaptation can be forced through the presentation of an obstacle, or it can occur symbiotically within a group.

In 2021 Limina: The Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia are joining forces to provide a forum for the presentation of the myriad of ‘adaptations’ worlds, individuals, languages, ideas, and peoples, real or otherwise, experience.

The conference will be held at The University of Western Australia in late September 2021.

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers or panels (of no more than three speakers) from the breadth of humanities research to explore the products of adaptations, and the processes that bring them into being.

Papers topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary and popular culture adaptations (e.g. text to screen; children’s literature and YA adaptations of texts, graphic novel and video-game recreations of literary classics);
  • Adaptations throughout history (e.g. Cultural adaptations, reception, neoclassicism, medievalism, early modernism, Neo-Victorianism, Gothic revival, science fiction, utopianism, etc.);
  • Adaptation of memory (e.g. emotion or event based i.e. historical re-enactments, responses to crises/trauma/adversity/oppressive systems);
  • Translation studies (e.g. translations of medieval manuscripts or ancient papyri);
  • Adaptation and electronic literature (e.g. going beyond re-mediation to interface and recreate the text)
  • Childhood studies (e.g. learning; education; “adapting to and through the world”);
  • Critical studies on visual adaptations (e.g. interpretive dance; interactive artworks);
  • Adaptations of the self (e.g. biographies; auto-biographies, con-artists, fakes, forgeries and scams);
  • Adaptation and embodiment (e.g disability, immaterial bodies, in/corporality, disability; cyborgs, AI);
  • Adaptations of reality (e.g. sci-fi; hallucinogens, VR);
  • Museum and Material Studies (e.g. displaying/reinterpreting/rehousing material artefacts to contemporary audiences, heritage studies and technology, 3D modeling/printing);
  • Environmental adaptations (e.g. permanently or temporarily adapting the environment to suit the needs of humans, artificial environments, biospheres/biodomes);
  • Adaptation of space and place (e.g. rehabilitation, renovation, renewal, gentrification, repatriation).

Conference abstract submissions should consist of:

  • A title
  • An abstract (max. 200 words);
  • A short biography (max. 50 words).

Submit abstracts to: adaptationconference2020@gmail.com by Monday 12 April 2021.

Limina and PMRG also welcome themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:

  • Panel Title;
  • Proposed Chair (if available);
  • Details of each presenter and paper as described above.

Submit panel/workshop proposals to: adaptationconference2020@gmail.com by Monday 12 April 2021.

COVID-19 Response

Last updated 25 June 2020

The conference has been postponed until September 2021. Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.

The conference will now take place at The University of Western Australia, Thursday 30 September – Saturday 2 October 2021.

Digital registration to the conference will be possible to make attendance as open as possible to interstate and international attendees.

Call for Papers close on Monday 12 April 2021.

The Call for Papers for article submissions in the Limina Journal 'Adaptations' Special Edition remains open. Limina welcomes article submissions on the conference theme for the special issue to be launched at the 2021 Conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2021!

Bursaries

Travel Bursaries for post-graduate/ECR individuals will be announced in early 2021 based on interstate/international travel advice/restrictions in place for Western Australia.

Publication Opportunity

The Call for Papers for articles based on the conference theme remains open. The CFP closes 31 October 2020 in order for the Special Edition to be launched at the postponed 2021 Conference. Paper submissions for the Conference Special Edition should follow Limina Journal submission guidelines: http://www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/future.