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Literature/Film Association Annual Conference

September 12-14, 2019

University of Oregon in Portland

Portland, Oregon, USA

Keynote: Amanda Ann Klein, East Carolina University

In holding this year’s conference in downtown Portland, one of the most
environmentally conscious cities in the United States, we invite attendees
to consider the themes of “repurpose” and “recycle,” broadly conceived.
What function—socially, politically, and economically—do sequels, remakes,
and reboots serve in media culture? How do reboots and remakes allow
creators and audiences to not only revisit, but reimagine familiar
narratives? What historical precedents might we return to in our attempts
to better understand the nature and influence of series, serials, and
(trans)media franchises today? And how might adaptation studies play a
vital role in these critical discussions? While we welcome papers on any
aspect of adaptation studies, we are especially interested in presentations
that address one or more of the following concerns (or similar topics):

·         transmedia storytelling

·         media franchising

·         recombinant culture

·         questions of authorship

·         film genres and genre cycles

·         economic and industrial perspectives on remakes

·         rebooting television series

·         evaluating sequels, remakes, and reboots

·         the question of originality and artistry in adaptation

·         environmental media and ecocritical perspectives

·         ecocinema and ecomedia

·         media and the anthropocene

·         historical precedents in series, serial, and franchise

·         formalist and narratological approaches to series, serial, and
franchise storytelling

·         narrative extensions into new media, including video games

·         the impact of #OscarsSoWhite and #MeToo on reimagining adaptation

·         teaching adaptation

The LFA also welcomes work in media studies, more broadly. We have
significant interest in broader 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.

Amanda Ann Klein, our keynote speaker this year, is Associate Professor of
Film Studies in the English Department at East Carolina University. She is
the author *of American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social
Problems, & Defining Subcultures* (University of Texas Press, 2011) and
co-editor of *Multiplicities: Cycles, Sequels, Remakes and Reboots in Film
& Television *(University of Texas Press, 2016). Her manuscript, *Identity
Killed the Video Star: A Cultural History of MTV Reality Programming*, is
under contract with Duke University Press. Her scholarship has
appeared in *Quarterly
Review of Film and Video*, *Jump Cut*, *Film Criticism*, *Flow*, *Antenna*,
*Salon*, *The Atlantic*, *The Chronicle of Higher Education*, *Inside
Higher Ed*, and *The New Yorker*.

Please submit your proposal via this Google Form
May 15, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Pete Kunze at
[log in to unmask] Accepted presenters will be notified by June 1.

All sessions will be held at the University of Oregon in Portland, located
at 70 NW Couch St. in downtown Portland. 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

The conference registration fee is $200 ($150 for students and retirees)
before August 1, 2019 and $225 ($175 for students and retirees) thereafter.
All conference attendees must also be current members of the
Literature/Film Association, and all presenters must be registered by
September 1 to appear on the final conference program. 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

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite