AAS Conference 2017

The Association of Adaptation Studies 12th Annual Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, 18-19 September, 2017


Download the draft programme here

The Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference will return to its roots in the Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester, where it hosted the Association’s inaugural conference. The focus will be on ‘returns’ and, as Linda Hutcheon has argued, ‘return’ does not necessarily mean ‘regression’.

The conference will take place in the newly refurbished De Montfort University campus in the heart of historic Leicester with opportunities to visit the Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester City Football Club and the Centre for Adaptations’ Andrew Davies Archive.

During lunch on the second day of the conference, Dr Anna Blackwell will lead an informal round-table discussion on life after PhD submission. This session, though targeted at postgraduate students and Early Career Academics, will be open to all conference delegates. Guest contributors to the discussion panel will include Dr Fern Riddell, author of A Victorian Guide to Sex and historical consultant on the drama Ripper Street and the forthcoming BBC adaptation, Decline and Fall. 

During breaks in conference proceedings, delegates will be able to browse materials from the University’s Special Collections. These will include highlights of the recently acquired Andrew Davies Archive as well as information about other significant holdings, including programmes and playbills from historic Shakespeare productions.

Delegates will also be invited to visit De Montfort’s Heritage Centre. Built around the medieval arches of the Church of the Annunciation (the only remaining ruins of which can be seen in the Centre itself), the Heritage Centre explores Leicester’s medieval past and showcases the achievements of DMU staff and students, past and present. Staff at the Heritage Centre can also direct delegates towards significant historical landmarks on the university campus via a short self-guided tour. Visitors can explore the nearby 15th century Magazine gateway building or climb to the top of the neighbouring Castle Motte for views over the picturesque Castle Yard, the Newarke and waterside Castle Gardens. Other key buildings in the immediate vicinity include St Mary De Castro Church, where Henry VI was knighted and Geoffrey Chaucer was married, and the medieval Turret Gateway which originally separated the religious church precincts from the castle.

Download the poster for the conference here.

Registration is now open for the conference (Full: £100, Concessions: £80.00). Registration is available at: http://store.dmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-art-design-humanities/conferences/12th-annual-association-of-adaptation-studies.

In order to attend the conference, you must be a member of the Association of Adaptation Studies. If you are not presently a member, you can join at: https://www.adaptation.uk.com/join-the-association/. If you have any queries about your membership status, please contact Anna Blackwell (anna.blackwell@dmu.ac.uk).

The conference dinner will be hosted a short walk away from the conference venue at the Leicester City Football ‘Legends Lounge’ at 7pm on Monday 18th September 2017. The cost for the three-course conference dinner is £50.00 and payment must be made by 1st August, 2017. If you wish to attend please register using the Paypal link below, noting any special dietary requirements in the text box:

Conference Dinner
Special Dietary Requirements

There is plenty of accommodation near the University. We recommend the following:

Hotel Maiyango
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Travel Lodge
Ramada Encore
Mercure Leicester the Grand Hotel
Premier Inn
The  Belmont
Hotel Ibis

The University has discounted rates with The Belmont Hotel and Hotel Maiyango which can be booked by asking for the DMU corporate rate. The recommended university taxis suppliers are ABC – 0116 2555111 and A Zoom taxis – 0116 251 2513