Cultures of Translations Conference

June 26-28, 2008
University of Glamorgan

Adaptation is as old a practice as cultural production itself, yet its systematic study (Adaptation Studies) is only a recently emerging discipline. This conference, organised by Professor Richard Hand (University of Glamorgan), Dr Katja Krebs (University of Bristol) and Dr Márta Minier (University of Glamorgan) focused on various aspects of adaptation into film, performance, television, radio and other media.

The event welcomed scholars from as diverse, yet closely interconnected areas as the study of film, theatre, opera, music, dance, television, radio, games and graphic narratives. Whereas some of the most recent research in the field focused on the connections between adaptation and appropriation, this conference also addressed analogies and differences between adaptation and translation processes

The conference embraced a plethora of perspectives characteristic of the encompassed disciplines and facilitates a negotiation between these stances, whether they emphasise the creative or the interpretive aspect of translation and adaptation. Both the concepts and independent cases of adaptation and translation received attention. The event provided room for the investigation of transformative strategies both against the respective cultural and historical settings and generic or media-based criteria.

The conference offered a range of platforms to participants, including plenaries, papers, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, screenings and performances so as to initiate dialogue between theoretical and more practice-based approaches to adaptation and translation.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Jack Bradley (Literary Consultant)
  • Dr Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University)
  • Professor Michael Cronin (Dublin City University)
  • Professor Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
  • Professor Graham Ley (University of Exeter)
  • Dr John Milton (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Professor Jonathan Powell (RHUL, former Head of Drama, BBC)
  • Professor Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen, Germany)

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, which has its editoral home at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, was launched at the conference.

Download a copy of the conference programme here