Begun in 2012, ART is an inter-institutional research cluster that explores the field of adaptation in modern times. Its aim is to explore and establish theories of adaptation which develop both an academic and cultural understanding of this often maligned yet historically widespread process. Such an understanding is intended to facilitate a productive dialogue between critics, consumers, and practitioners, and in so doing aims to make a direct contribution to the creative economy.
- to define the complex currency of adaptation by assessing the traffic of texts as they are translated and re-translated across time, nation, language and media.
- to examine the ways in which the adaptive turns and returns of critical thinking might usefully be applied to the study of adaptation itself.
- to collaborate with practitioners in its activities, working from their creations and serving as an archival forum for their ideas.
- to facilitate the creation of new adaptations by bringing practitioners into both educational and research-led contexts, offering tangible and practical outputs for the general public.