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.


2016’s CfP

CFP: Works in Progress

All texts and artworks will have at one stage been a work in progress, despite the tendency to value them as cultural artefacts once they are deemed finished and made available for consumption. Redrafting and editing are processes which strive towards a “final” product, meaning their publication often results in the loss or occlusion of multiple ancillary versions. Such materials are important to our understanding of how texts and works are shaped and reshaped, and by whom.

The second annual Graduate Conference for Adaptation and Textual Studies (GradCATS) aims to explore the significance of alterations and decisions made during the construction, editing or reproduction of all kinds of creative works, including manuscripts, printed books, films, television programmes, music, photographs, dances, and paintings. We are open to a consideration of “works in progress” on a broad scale, from planning documents, drafts, cut or unfinished materials, through to republications, reproductions and adaptations. Proposals for 15-20 minute papers and panel sessions are welcome from postgraduate students working in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Republications and revisions of texts
  • Unfinished works, extra-textual materials or marginalia
  • Adaptation and translation as rewriting
  • Editing and production theory and practices
  • The status of proposals, abstracts, pitches and film, television and radio treatments
  • Revisions which are arguably regressive or which are for private consumption
  • How the commodification and publicity of a work affects its final form
  • How conflict between collaborators affects the finished product
  • Methodology behind the search for “lost” or discarded versions or editions
  • Artists, writers, performers or sportspeople themselves as works in progress
  • Works that depend on audience participation and feedback

Proposals of up to 250 words should be submitted online here by Friday 15th April 2016. Alternatively, email them to

The conference on “Works in Progress” will take place on 7th July 2016 at De Montfort University, Leicester.