Film and media adaptations have frequently projected an alternate cinematic world on screen that re-imagines the past and future. Movies (Blade Runner, The Quiet American), TV shows (Sherlock, Agent Carter), and digital ‘new media’ series—increasingly streamed and ‘binge watched’ on Netflix (House of Cards) and Amazon (The Man in the High Castle)—have been inspired by a variety of fiction novels, short stories, plays, comics, graphic novels, and historical works of nonfiction, memoirs (Bridge of Spies) or documentary (Jazz on a Summer’s Day) cine-essays that mediate and reframe history to portray an alternate worldview which re-imagines the past and anticipates a vision of future events. Digital video streaming and binge watching of films and media also creates an alternate world transforming the cinematic or televisual viewing reception experience. What does this cinematic adapting, re-imagining of the past (or future), and projection of an alternate world on screen tell us about the cultural moment we find ourselves in? The 2016 Literature/Film Association conference explores the theme of “Alternate Worlds.”
Paper proposals are invited from ALL AREAS of film and media studies. Proposals relating to the conference theme are encouraged, but also of interest are submissions on adaptation studies, film and history, national cinemas, film genres and stars, auteur studies, film and technology, television and new media, and cultural or political issues connected to the moving image. Proposal abstracts should be 300-500 words and are due by June 20, 2016. Please submit your proposal electronically by entering your abstract on the LFA Conference Submission Form: http://goo.gl/forms/iWjDWFODZj
The conference’s keynote speakers will be Frank Spotnitz, writer-producer of the Amazon television series The Man in the High Castle; New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen; and Thomas Doherty, Professor and Chair of American Studies at Brandeis University.
The conference will take place at Rowan University. Please contact the Literature/Film Association at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.