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

30 September–2 October 2021

The University of Western Australia

The conference is sponsored by Limina: a journal of historical and cultural studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia.

CFP Closes: 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!

Updates about the conference will be posted on this website as details are confirmed.

Location

The University of Western Australia

Keynote Speaker

Professor Imelda Whelehan (The University of Western Australia)

About the Conference

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: [email protected] by the 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:  [email protected] by Monday 12 April 2021.

Travel 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.

Further details about travel bursaries 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.

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