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Centre for Adaptations


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


An interdisciplinary focus that involves academics in Film, Media, Imaging and Communication Design, Drama and English.


Centre for Adaptations 

The international Centre for Adaptations brings together academics from Drama, English, Film Studies and New Media.

It hosts the journal, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and the book series, Screen Adaptations (Methuen and Norton), organises workshops across universities in Europe and America, offers lectures during an annual cultural events week, and manages the annual Association of Adaptation Studies conference (which has taken place in Leicester, Atlanta, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Istanbul).

The Humanities MA is offered through the Centre which also recruits students for the PhD / MPhil / MA by Research degrees.

The Director of the Centre for Adaptations is Professor Deborah Cartmell.

“The new journal, Adaptation and the new Association of Adaptation Studies is a most welcome development in an area that has been for so long under-represented in academic circles. As a practitioner, I find it rather thrilling to be the object of scholarly investigation!" - Andrew Davies - Screenwriter and novelist.


It gives us great pleasure to congratulate Amanda Riter for winning third place in the prestigious Jane Austen Society of North America essay competition. This is great news for Amanda and for the Centre for Adaptations.

Congratulations to Drs Ashley Polasek and Anna Blackwell for their recent graduations, who have completed their doctoral work under the Centre for Adaptations.

We are pleased to report that the Centre for Textual Studies and the Centre for Adaptations acquired the Andrew Davies archive in July of 2015. The collection consists of scripts, letters and unpublished materials which we will be digitalising over the next few months. This exclusive material is an excellent addition to the Centres' collections.

We are delighted to announce a new PhD bursary, "Literary and Dramatic Adaptation: New Approaches and New Kinds of Evidence", currently being offered at De Montfort University in Leicester through the Centre for Adaptations and the Centre for Textual Studies. For more details, click here.

New Publications

Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan, eds. Teaching Adaptations (Palgrave 2014): nominated by Palgrave for the best pedagogical book in English for 2014.

Deborah Cartmell, Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-37 (Bloomsbury 2015).

'From Theatre to Screen and Back Again', edited by Deborah Cartmell and Elinor Parsons, Adaptation (2014).View more publications

Related websites

Association Of Adaptation Studies

Oxford Journals: Adaptation

Conference news

Call for Papers: Andrew Davies: The Screenwriter as Adaptor

A one-day conference: 18th March 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Keynote and plenary discussion with Andrew Davies.

In celebration of the newly acquired Andrew Davies archive, the Centre of Adaptations and Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, are hosting a one-day conference on the British screenwriter. Alongside entering into a conversation about the writer’s oeuvre, conference delegates will be invited to attend a discussion with Davies and visit a new exhibition at De Montfort University’s Heritage Centre. Archival materials on display will include original scripts from some of Davies’ most loved adaptations, such as Pride and Prejudice, alongside letters and notes between Davies and his collaborators.

This conference thus seeks to initiate a critical appraisal of Davies’ work, situating analysis of individual productions within the context of a wider oeuvre and interrogating the role of the screenwriter/adaptor within the adaptive process.

Successful papers will be considered for a special edition in the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers that address Davies’ work or, more broadly, the role of the screenwriter/adaptor in the adaptation process. We also welcome expressions of interest for panels on a specific theme or topic.

  •     Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  •     The role of the screenwriter in adaptation
  •     The adaptation industry
  •     The heritage industry The BBC
  •     Marketing period drama Adapting historical fiction
  •     Adapting the literary canon Classic novel adaptation
  •     Authorship Television drama
  •     Gender and race in period adaptation

Please email abstracts as well as queries or expressions of interest to both organisers by January 31st 2016: Anna Blackwell, and Natalie Hayton, For more details, click here.


CFP: The 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation StudiesSt Anne’s College, Oxford, UK, 26-27 September 2016

Papers are invited on any aspect of adaptation studies but proposals on adaptations and history are particularly welcome. These might include: the history of adaptations, adapting history, biopics and adaptations, adaptation as historical appropriation, adaptations and period drama or heritage adaptations. Proposals (between 50 to 100 words) should be sent to: Deborah Cartmell ( and Imelda Whelehan ( by 1 June 2016.

Further details are available here.


Adaptation and Dance
One-day conference
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Centre for Adaptations, De Montfort University, Leicester

Registration for the conference is now open, please click here to register.

Dance productions frequently draw on artistic precedents. Ballet companies rely on classics based on fairy and folk tales but audiences also enjoy an expanding repertoire of works based on a broader range of sources: art – The Green Table, The Rake’s Progress, A Simple Man; the Bible – Job, The Judas Tree, The Prodigal Son; film – Edward Scissorhands; biography – Anastasia, Fall River Legend, Mayerling; children’s literature – The Tales of Beatrix Potter; novels – Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, Manon, Woolf Works; operas – The Car Man, Madame Butterfly; plays – Edward II, Hobson’s Choice; poetry – Images of Love. Shakespeare has provided inspiration for a large number of dance-makers. These examples signal how across several decades choreographers working globally with a range of companies have produced one-act and full-length pieces for stage and screen.
In recent years there has been growing interest in the analysis of a range of topics connected with adaptation and dance. By bringing together scholars and practitioners, this one-day conference seeks to move away from the dominant focus on film and television in Adaptation Studies and consider the neglected area of dance. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to the topics outlined in the conference poster: CFP: Adaptation and Dance
It is hoped that selected papers will form an edited collection. Proposals (between 50–100 words) and a brief biographical note should be sent to Elinor Parsons ( and Hila Shachar ( by 6 November 2015.


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