Researchers from the ‘Screen adaptations of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ network were invited to Brazil to present work at the XIII Seminario Internacional OBITEL, in August 2018. OBITEL, the Ibero-American Observatory of Television Fiction, is an international (indeed intercontinental) network that has been in operation since 2005. It comprises research groups from twelve countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, the USA and Venezuela. Its researchers’ aim is to monitor and analyse TV fiction, especially long-running series or telenovelas, in each of the participating countries according to a unified methodological protocol. It is, therefore, an intercultural project that allows the identification and interpretation of the representations that these countries make of themselves and of others, all within the context of televisual narratives. In Latin America especially, these are important means through which societies build and rebuild their cultural identity.
Our papers included studies of Latin American political contexts as represented and parodied in Phantom adaptations, including reference to Brazilian, Argentinian and Mexican sources for cinema and television. We also presented papers on television adaptations from further afield (USA, China) and on the internet.