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Call for Papers
June 20, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields:
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Literature, Journalism and Media Studies, Cultural History / Studies

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? Submit 300-500 word proposals in ALL AREAS of film and media studies on the LFA Online Submission Page by June 20, 2016.  Keynote speakers: Thomas Doherty (Brandeis Univ), Nate Chinen (NYT/JazzTimes), Frank Spotnitz (Man in the High Castle)

The 2016 Literature/Film Association (LFA) conference explores the theme of “Alternate Worlds.” Every work of film, media and fiction in every medium presents a world distinct from our own. Adaptations in particular can be defined in terms of their worlds, which provide alternatives to both the world of their audience and the world of their source texts. And some works of fiction invite us to think more speculatively and precisely about what it means to present or encounter an alternate world. Proposals relating to the conference theme outlined above are especially encouraged, but also of significant 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—including any presentations concerning the alternate worlds adaptations theme and other works of imaginative fiction create in a broader context across film, literature, and media.

Proposal abstracts in ALL AREAS of film and media studies should be 300-500 words in length and are due by June 20, 2016.
Please submit your proposal electronically by entering your abstract on the LFA Conference Submission Form:

The conference’s keynote speakers will be:

Frank Spotnitz, Chief Executive of Big Light Productions and writer-producer of the Amazon television series The Man in the High Castle (and The X-Files) who will discuss adapting Philip K. Dick;

Nate Chinen, award-winning New York Times and JazzTimes critic (co-author of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music with George Wein) will discuss adapting jazz to film in the Newport documentary Jazz on a Summer’s Day;

Thomas Doherty, Professor and Chair of American Studies at Brandeis University, an Academy Film Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, associate editor for Cineaste, film review editor for the Journal of American History, and cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. Doherty’s books include Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 (Columbia UP); Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration (Columbia UP); Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture (Columbia UP); Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 (Columbia UP); Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II (Columbia UP); and Teenagers & Teenpics: The Juvenilization of American Movies in the 1950’s (Unwin Hyman).

The conference will take place at Rowan University, located in Glassboro, in South New Jersey. It is within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and about 100 miles south of New York City, and is served by the nearby Philadelphia (PHL) airport. The official conference hotel is the Courtyard Marriott Glassboro-Rowan University, located adjacent to the Rowan University campus, where a special rate of $119/night is available to attendees who book rooms before September 15, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-236-2427 or online at…
The hotel is right next to campus.

The Literature/Film Association will make available two travel awards of $500 each for graduate student or junior faculty attendees who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. A special prize of $250 will also be awarded for the best graduate student paper delivered at the conference.

The conference registration fee is $150 before September 15, 2016 and $175 thereafter. All conference attendees must also be current members of the Literature/Film Association. Annual dues are $20. To register for the conference and pay dues, visit the Literature/Film Association website at and use our PayPal feature. More information on the conference at:

Presenters will be invited to submit their work to Literature/Film Quarterly for potential publication. For details on the journal’s submission requirements, visit

Please contact the Literature/Film Association at with any questions.

Contact Info:

Sheri Chinen Biesen

Secretary, Literature/Film Association

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