Conference Report: Authorship and Appropriation

By Matthew Sangster

Many thanks to James Morris, who has recently submitted his PhD at the University of Glasgow, for the following report on the Authorship and Appropriation conference that took place in Dundee last month.

Hosted by the Centre for Critical and Creative Cultures at the University of Dundee, the Authorship and Appropriation Conference was held on 8th and 9th of April 2016 and was organised by Dr Daniel Cook. A packed schedule of 19 panels, two plenary lectures and a plenary roundtable made for an engaging, inspiring and lively conference which was defined by a warm and convivial atmosphere. Seeking to create scholarly networks based upon the study of the ‘afterlives’ of artistic cultural productions, the Authorship and Appropriation Conference covered a broad range of themes including plagiarism and parody, filmic and operatic appropriations of literary texts, and the theories practices of editing and collaboration.

After a welcoming note from Dr Daniel Cook and the Centre’s director, Professor Mark Robson, the conference began with three parallel sessions. Luckily enough for me, my panel, ‘Appropriation and Identity’, was up in the first slot. It is a testament to the decentred and innovative approach to …read more