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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 [Event postponed until 2021]

  

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 2021. The Limina CFP remains open, and Limina welcomes article submissions on the conference theme for a special issue. More details about the new date and timing will follow in due course.

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: TBC 2021
Venue: The University of Western Australia
Call For Papers Deadline: TBC
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 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 DATE TBC. The committee aims to have responses returned by DATE TBC.

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 DATE TBC.

COVID-19 Response

Last updated 30 March 2020

We have been closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Adaptation in the Humanities’ conference in early October 2021.

Based on current Australian Government advice, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2021.

We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.

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 Limina CFP remains open, and Limina welcomes article submissions on the conference theme for a special issue.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2021! Updates about the conference will be posted on this website as details are confirmed

Bursaries

There will be a limited number of bursaries available for post-graduate students and early career researchers (within 5 years of the award of their degree) for presenters travelling from interstate or overseas. Details of the bursaries will be announced shortly. 

Publication Opportunity

Following the conference there will be the opportunity to submit articles based on conference presentations (due 18 October 2020). Paper submissions for the Conference Special Edition should follow Limina Journal submission guidelines: http://www.limina.arts.uwa.edu.au/future