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Adaptation in an age of Digitisation: its fans, practitioners and foes

Department of Media and Communications Literary Festival discussion

Date: Thursday 17 February 2011 
Time: 5-6.15pm 
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Professor Andrew Burn, Blake Morrison
Chair: Professor Sonia Livingstone

This provocative panel centres on the range of adaptations practised in today’s diverse multimedia landscape. These include adaptations of format (book to screen, game to film, short-story to stage) and adaptations of place, time and culture (Shakespeare into Hindi film). The panel will ask: How and why do such adaptations retain the original flavour and appeal to wide audiences? Is something lost in the process?

Shakuntala Banaji lectures in International Media and Film in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her books Reading Bollywood and South Asian Media Cultures discuss the ways in which films and other media products are interpreted by audiences in different contexts.

Andrew Burn is Professor of Media Education at the Institute of Education. He has published work on many aspects of the media, including media literacy in schools, the semiotics of the moving image and computer games, and young people's production of digital animation, film and computer games. His recent publications include Making New Media: creative production and digital literacies.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice-Chair of PEN, Blake Morrison has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. His best-known works are probably his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me.

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