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"Peter C. Kunze" <[log in to unmask]>
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*Literature/Film Association Annual Conference*


*October 26 - 29, 2017*

*University of Montana: Missoula, Montana USA*

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,

Ethics and “fidelity” in adaptation

Histories and recent emergences of far-right politics and radical

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
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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, visit the
Literature/Film Association website at and
use our PayPal feature.

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

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*
*Chronicles*, *High
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
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Literature/Film Association, please visit:

Peter C. Kunze | Radio-TV-Film | University of Texas at Austin

Peter C. Kunze | Radio-TV-Film | University of Texas at Austin

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