AAS Conference 2019

Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference 2019
Adaptation and Modernisms: Establishing and Dismantling Borders in Adaptation Practice and Theory
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19th-20th September 2019

Keynote speakers:
Thomas Leitch, Professor of English at the University of Delaware, USA, “Writing (Film [Adaptation]) History”
Lars Elleström, Professor of Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden, “Adaptation and Modernism in the Light of Media Borders”

Conference chairs: Dr Petr Bubeníček, Dr Miroslav Kotásek

The programme for the 2019 AAS conference is now available here.

The Modern, the Postmodern, the Premodern, the Metamodern, and other “modernisms” are concepts deeply rooted within attempts to conceptualise Western and global development in history, politics, geopolitics, economy, and in scientific, socio-cultural, and aesthetic domains. In any attempt to “think historically” or to “look at the bigger picture,” these terms are unavoidable.

Different versions of “modernism” are deeply concerned with historical changes and cultural transformations, including adaptation of various kinds. Seeing “modernism” as a continuum enables us to ask questions about what changes and what stays the same across the different “modernisms,” and such transpositions and transgressions can be insightfully analyzed by adaptation studies. The conference ponders how different media, views of temporality, historical periods, and theories of art travel within and across different kinds of modernisms and how their producers and consumers construct and engage with them. At the same time, the conference attends to how the etymology of “modern” and the accompanying concepts of “novelty”, “the new”, and even “revolution” echo in different epochs and their adaptations, and to what can adaptation studies tell us about their transformation into “norm”, “the old”, and “the Classic”.

Conference registration is 120 EUR or 100 EUR for concessions. To register for the conference, please follow these links:


In order to participate in the conference, all confirmed speakers must be members of the AAS. To renew your membership or join the Association, please follow this link: www.adaptation.uk.com/join-the-association

Transportation and Accommodation

Information on transportation to and from Brno and accommodation in Brno is available here. In case you have any questions, please contact Vladimíra Derková via email: vl.derkova@phil.muni.cz

Travel Bursaries

The AAS offers up to four travel bursaries for postgraduate students delivering papers at the annual conference: up to two for students based in the EU (£250 each) and up to two for students based outside of the EU (£500 each).
The recipients of the 2019 travel bursaries are Terence Sawyers (EU), Rakesh Sengupta (EU), and Naghmeh Rezaie (non-EU).

Photograph by Petr Čučka.