Call for Papers

Sixth Biennial Graduate Student Conference

Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

University of British Columbia

23-24 October 2015

Vancouver, Canada

(Re) Telling: Adaptation, Translation, Transformation

‘Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.’

Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose.

This conference seeks to interrogate the ways in which a work evokes, modifies, transforms and revokes other works. It aims to analyze both the dialogical and polyphonic aspects and dimensions of adapted, translated, retold and reconfigured works. New forms and practices in mixed media such as novelization (the literary adaptation of a work created for another medium such as video games, film, graphic novels or TV series) and the unique interplay between the processes of creation and imitation, originality and reproduction that underlie such techniques will also be of further interest. We welcome submissions that address a range of disciplines under the umbrella of French and Hispanic studies, including (but not limited to) language and literature, film and theater studies, and cultural studies.

Potential topics or investigative approaches could include:

  • Transformation within or across genres
  • Adaptation and modernization
  • Novelization
  • Modes of retelling (such as satire, pastiche, parody, sequels)
  • The retelling of myths, legends, and folklore
  • Oral traditions
  • Revision versus re-vision
  • Translation
  • Posterity of art
  • Testimonial narratives
  • Transfictions

The sixth edition of the biennial Graduate Student Conference (GSC) is an international conference organized by graduate students in the department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies (FHIS) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Its aim is to promote the works of young scholars and to generate ample discourse, debate, and dialogue on French and Hispanic literature, linguistics, culture, and other related fields of study.

Submissions in English, French, and Spanish will be considered. Abstracts (250 words maximum), which include the paper title, your academic affiliation, and contact information, must be submitted to the FHIS GSC Organizing Committee by no later than 20 August 2015 to the following address: Individual presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration. Please note that we also encourage the submission of abstracts for panels of presentations.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 20 August 2015

Notification of acceptance: 1 September 2015

Conference: 23-24 October 2015

For further information, feel free to contact the Organizing Committee directly at

Thank you!

FHIS GSC Organizing Committee


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