CFP: The Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre, Adaptation – a symposium

The_Handmaid's_Tale_intertitleThe Handmaid’s Tale: Gender, Genre Adaptation – a one-day symposium
Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Film Studies @ Worcester
Jenny Lind Building, University of Worcester

Despite being written over 35 years ago, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian New England where fertile women are kept prisoner in reproductive servitude, has been making headlines in 2017 due to the remarkable Hulu produced television series (screened in the UK on Channel Four). This symposium seeks to bring together diverse scholars for a day of discussion and debate.

Film Studies @ Worcester are soliciting proposals for 20-minutes paper presentations on any aspect of the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian (and frighteningly prescient) novel.

Areas of potential specialization include:

  • Literary studies
  • Adaptation studies
  • Gender studies
  • Television studies
  • Science-Fiction studies

We particularly encourage multi- (cross-) discipline approaches. An edited collection of papers may emerge from this symposium.

Please send abstract proposals (between 200-300 words) to Mikel Koven ( by 15 July, 2017.

We are hoping to run this event with no-cost to participants, including lunch.


Special Screening: Hedda Gabler (2015) Friday 25 November, 2016 @ The Hive

This coming Friday (25 November), there is a special screening of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, Hedda Gabler. The director and actors will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience.

The film is screening at The Hive, at 18:00. Tickets are £5, and all the proceeds go to the Arts in Minds foundation, a charity supporting adults in Worcestershire touched by mental ill-health through painting, drawing & creating.

Apparently, the dress code is black tie & cocktail dress.

Here is the film’s IMDB link.

And they have a Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!