Authenticity and Adaptation: Association of Adaptation Studies 2023

University of Birmingham
Wednesday 7 June (09:00) - Friday 9 June 2023 (17:00)
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We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Association of Adaptation Studies Conference is taking place at the University of Birmingham. Please see below for the call for papers, and check back for more details of the conference as we get closer to the event

Call for papers

Authenticity and Adaptation: Association of Adaptation Studies Conference

In the last few years, there has been a number of discussions around authenticity in our cultural narratives: who can play what role? Who can write a particular story? These have come from both audiences and the larger film and literature industry, underpinned by the idea of authenticity. Some audiences seek out stories that are authentic, either through their writing or how they are represented. This question of authenticity has implications for the thinking in adaptation studies, which this conference will address.  

Here are some suggested areas for potential abstracts:

  • What makes an adaptation authentic?
  • Reframing/reclaiming a story through adaptation
  • Adapting to different bodies – the importance of the actor in adaptation
  • The value of authenticity in culture 
  • Authenticity vs fidelity
  • Authentic authorship in adaptation
  • Cultural authenticity and the use of adaptation
  • The politics of authenticity
  • Divisions between authenticity and originality

We welcome proposals for individual papers, round-table discussions or panels, including video essays and practice-oriented submissions. 

Abstracts of 250 words and a brief biographical note of 150 words should be sent to Christina Wilkins and Andrew Watts at by no later than 9th December 2022. Responses will be sent no later than 20th January 2023.

You do not need to be a member of AAS to submit a conference proposal, but you must be a paid-up member in order to attend the conference or to be included on the final programme.

Travel Bursaries

The AAS offers up to three travel bursaries for postgraduate students (click here to download the application) and up to three for early career researchers (click here to download the application). 

Adaption Studies Mentoring Workshop 6 June 2023


The Association of Adaptation Studies invites PhD students working on any aspect of adaptation to participate in the mentoring workshop immediately preceding the Annual Conference. It will take place on 6 June 2023 at the conference venue (we are planning for on-site participation). Chaired by Trustees of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Prof. Monika Pietrzak-Franger and Prof. Thomas Leitch, this workshop will focus exclusively on your individual projects. If you search for expert and peer feedback, this is the place to be! 

The mentoring workshop is a new initiative of the Association of Adaptation Studies designed to support emerging scholars in this expanding field. It will start at 1pm and will consist of short (15-minute) presentations of some aspect of your research project (foundational questions, progress to date, problems encountered, etc.), each followed by a 30-minute discussion session. If you are selected for the workshop, you will be asked to submit the outline of your project/chapter/theoretical framework (up to 3 pages) so that it can be circulated among the participants beforehand. In order to ensure a focus on healthy and constructive criticism, no external participants will be admitted, and the group will make every effort to support the presenters. All workshop materials presented will remain confidential. 

Because our time is limited, only 5-7 presentations will be possible. The AAS will contribute £50 towards the extra night’s accommodation and cover all workshop fees. 

In order to apply, please: 

Download and fill out the application form from this link and submit it to Prof. Thomas Leitch ( no later than 15 January 2023. The selection of participants will be announced by 15 February 2023.

If you are selected for the workshop, send your discussion materials (up to 3 pages) by 1 May 2023 to Prof. Monika Pietrzak-Franger ( These materials will be circulated among the participants. ALL participants are requested to read ALL contributions to the forum in advance so that they can meaningfully contribute to the discussion and offer peer/expert feedback. 

Please be aware that, should you be selected, you will have to be a member of the Association to confirm your place at the workshop. You will need to do this in advance of the conference to allow time for your place to be reallocated should you choose not to attend. To join AAS, please follow this link:

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