Graduate Conference 2018

We are already starting to think ahead to next year, and we have some exciting venues and activities in the works that will hopefully be confirmed in the coming months.

In the meantime, we would love to hear about any topics you’d like the conference to be based around- we will consider them when deciding next years theme.




Registration is now open!

Registration for this year’s conference, “Evolving Stories”, is now open.

Follow the link and register by 13th June:

The line-up of speakers has been confirmed and we are delighted to invite you to attend what promises to be a stimulating day of presentations, with topics including editing, script-writing, adaptation, and translation.


The deadline has now passed for abstract submissions.

If you have submitted a proposal, we will get in touch with you within the next few weeks.

We’re looking forward to it!

Deadline Imminent for Abstract Submission

There is still time for you to submit your abstracts for the Evolving Stories conference. You have less than a week to submit- go via the Call for Papers tab for more information.

This is set to be a fantastic conference with Jeremy Strong giving a keynote in the morning, and ending with a round-table discussion which promises to be an engaging end to days events. We will also be hosting drinks afterwards.

We would love to hear from Post-grads from all areas of arts and humanities- so don’t miss out!

Deadline Extension

Good News!

GradCATS have extended the deadline for abstract submissions. You now have until the 24th April to submit your proposals, with final decisions to be made by mid-May.

You can submit your abstracts via the Call for Papers tab, or email us at

We look forward to reading your ideas!


Big Announcement

GradCATS are proud to announce that our keynote speaker will be Jeremy Strong, Professor of Literature and Film at the University of West London.

Jeremy’s particular specialism is literary adaptation. He chairs the ‘Association of Adaptation Studies’ and serves on the editorial board of its journal ‘Adaptation’. Widely published on literature-on-screen, he has also written on topics as diverse as food, body-building, Jane Austen, and Rambo.

Jeremy was Head of Media at UWL between 2002 and 2007 before taking up the post of Head of Higher Education at Writtle College where he led the College’s successful bid to obtain Taught Degree Awarding Powers. In 2013 he returned to UWL to take up a Professorship.



There is also still time to get your abstracts in for the conference. Make sure you do this before the 10th April in order to be considered. To submit, go to the Call for Papers tab or email us at If you don’t get a response within a couple of weeks, please contact us to make sure we have received your submission.

We will be releasing information about our afternoon panel very shortly.

The Evolving Conference

Just a thank you for some fascinating submissions so far. You have just over a month left to submit abstracts- don’t leave it too late!

(To submit; either go to the Call for Papers or email

We will hopefully soon be announcing our Keynote and closing panellists, watch this space!


Evolving Stories

This year’s committee is proud to announce the Call for Papers for this years GradCATS is now live.

The third annual Graduate Conference for Adaptation and Textual Studies (GradCATS) at De Montfort University, Leicester, aims to explore the idea of “evolving stories” from a vast range of perspectives, including editing, script-writing, reception, adaptation and translation. “Stories” will be understood in a broad sense, encompassing novels, poems, plays, illustrations, films, dance, music, photography, video games, fan fiction and others. Proposals for 20-minute papers, panel sessions and poster presentations are welcome.

Proposals of up to 250 words should be submitted to or in the form below by Monday 10th April 2017.

The conference on “Evolving Stories” will take place on 29th June 2017 at De Montfort University, Leicester.


Conference thanks

A huge thank you to everyone for attending and contributing to a wonderfully stimulating conference.

Adam Smyth’s keynote on ‘Books, Waste, Ghosts’ was a fascinating start to the day. Our panel sessions featured incredibly interesting papers from a variety of fields but all with valuable and compelling ways of approaching works in progress. Many thanks to our round table panelists – Gabriel Egan, Lucy Hobbs and Christopher Walker – for stepping in to save the day and providing us with stimulating discussion and insight into industry and academic approaches to 21st century works in progress.

Finally, thank you to the chairs and conference organisers for making it happen.

We’re looking forward to next year!