I’m organising a conference with Deborah Cartmell at De Montfort University, and this post is to tell you all about it as well as to invite people to submit paper proposals and register while there’s still time.
The conference description is:
Biopic Adaptations Conference
Centre for Adaptations
De Montfort University
Leicester LE1 9BH
24 February 2015
Although ‘biopics’, or film biographies, have been around since the beginning of cinema, scholarly interest in the subject is only beginning to develop. This conference will bring together scholars and practitioners in a range of topics, such as the evolution of the biopic from the silent to the contemporary period, biopics of writers, sporting heroes, politicians, royalty and gangsters, and debates concerning gender, sexuality, race and historical integrity.
Proposals (between 50-100 words) and a brief biographical note should be sent to Deborah Cartmell and Hila Shachar by 27 November 2014.
Papers will be selected for publication.
Download the Biopic Adaptations conference poster (PDF).
Our keynote speaker for this conference Bafta award-winning writer Amanda Coe, discussing her work for the BBC’s upcoming drama, Life in Squares. Deborah and I will be doing a Q&A session with her in front of an audience, which will also be part of the Cultural Exchanges Festival.
Amanda Coe is a screenwriting associate of the National Film and Television School and she’s written extensively for television, including creating the award-winning Channel 4 series As If and writing the feature Margot for BBC4. She’ll be discussing her work with us, particularly her most recent project, the three-part BBC drama, Life in Squares, which explores the lives of the Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, E.M. Forster and Maynard Keynes.
Registration is now open for the conference for those who want to attend, and I also strongly encourage any academic friends reading this to submit paper proposals or to pass along the details of this conference to anyone who would be interested. So in short, you can:
: : Register here.
: : Submit paper proposals/abstracts to Deborah Cartmell and Hila Shachar by 27 November, 2014.
: : Share the conference poster here.