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University of Kent Annual Film Studies Symposium:

Adaptation, Intertextuality, and Interactivity in Film, Television and
Other Arts

To be held on Saturday 11th June 2005, 10am-5pm, at the Film Studies
Department, School of Drama, Film and Visual Arts, University of Kent
(Grimond Lecture Theatre 3), Canterbury Campus, UK. Entrance is free.

Invited participants:
Robert Stam  Professor of Film Studies, New York University;
Author of (among other books on adaptation, representation and film
theory): Literature Through Film: Realism, Magic and the Art of Adaptation
(Blackwell, 2004)

Kamilla Elliott  Lecturer in English Literature, Lancaster
University;Author of Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge UP, 2003)

Christine Geraghty Professor in Film & Television Studies, University
of Glasgow; Author of British Cinema in the Fifties: Gender, Genre and
the ‘New Look’ (Routledge, 2000)

Other contributions from the members and associates of the University of
Kent Research Group on Adaptation, Intertextuality and Interactivity:
Su Holmes, Aylish Wood, Sarah Cardwell, Marit Knoemueller, Sarah Turner,
Catherine Grant

A full programme for the day will be circulated shortly. For further
information please contact [log in to unmask]

Rationale:
The large body of work concerned with screen adaptations has frequently been
focused on the process of adaptation, rather than on "films/television
programmes as adaptations", or on adaptations as independent artworks.
Recent innovative approaches and methodologies have successfully opened up
alternative ways of regarding adaptations and their relationship with their
source texts.
Yet the diversification of visual and aural forms in film, television and
other arts creates further challenges for theories of adaptation, and
simultaneously highlights the potential value of exploring adaptive
relations and contexts. As different kinds of intertextuality and
interactivity emerge across a range of arts and media (including film,
television, digital media, computer games, and gallery installations), the
term "adaptation" is clearly ripe for extension.
The research group on adaptation, intertextuality and interactivity in film,
television and other arts at Kent maintains an interest in the traditional
focus and discourses of adaptation studies, but also seeks to extend the
kinds of research that may be brought to this field, in part by promoting an
expanded understanding of adaptation. This symposium will offer an eclectic
range of contributions to these debates, especially ones that address
particular instances of adaptation and those that offer considerations of
broader conceptual and philosophical concerns relating to adaptation,
including:
  a.. reflections upon different methodological approaches, both
'traditional' and innovative
  b.. considerations of ontological, epistemological, hermeneutic and
phenomenological concerns that are specifically raised by adaptation(s)
  c.. investigations of the particular aesthetic, interpretative and
evaluative challenges posed by adaptation(s)
  d.. discussions of the connections and differences between adaptation,
intertextuality and interactivity
  e.. examinations of the ways in which audiences as well as artists and
producers take up and are involved by intertextuality, and are engaged in
"adaptation" as an ongoing process

This one day event is the latest in a series of annual Film Studies
symposia held at Kent since 1998 (previous keynote speakers have included
David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson,Victor Perkins, Steve Neale and Richard
Allen).

Dr Catherine Grant
Head of Film Studies,
SDFVA
University of Kent
Canterbury
Kent CT2 7NX
tel. +44 (0)1227 823749
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