CFP: "Time and the Fantastic" (IAFA, Orlando; 10/31/08; 3/18-22/09)
- The 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Time and the Fantastic
[Feel free to distribute this general Call for Papers]
The 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts will be
held March 18-22, 2009, at the
Orlando Airport Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The conference begins
at 3pm on Wednesday and ends at 1 am on Sunday upon the conclusion of
the conference banquet. Malcolm J. Edwards and Brian Stableford write
that "the metaphysics of time continues to intrigue writers inside and
outside the genre" of the fantastic; thus, the focus of ICFA-30 is on
the intriguing relationships between time and the fantastic. Papers
are invited to explore this topic in science fiction, fantasy, horror,
and other related modes of the fantastic. In addition, we especially
look forward to papers on the work of our honored guests:
Guest of Honor: Guy Gavriel Kay, Aurora Award-winning, Caspar
Award-winning, and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award-nominated author of the
Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, The Darkest
Road), Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and The Last Light of the Sun
Guest of Honor: Robert Charles Wilson, Hugo Award-winning author of
Axis, Spin, The Chronoliths, Darwinia, Mysterium, and A Bridge of
Guest Scholar: Maria Nikolajeva, author of The Aesthetic Approach to
Children's Literature (Scarecrow), The Rhetoric of Children's
Literature (Scarecrow), and From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's
As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for
academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any
media. The deadline is October 31, 2008.
We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars,
independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages
other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
The Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for an Essay Not in English is open to
all members of the IAFA. The IAFA Graduate Student Award is open to
all graduate students presenting papers at the year's conference.
Details are available via Robin Reid, Second Vice-President
(Robin_Reid@...). Finally, the Dell Magazines
Undergraduate Science Fiction Award will also be handed out at this
In order to be considered for the 2009 program, your proposal to (1)
read a paper, (2) recruit and chair a paper session, or (3) organize
and chair a panel discussion should be date-stamped no later than
October 31, 2008; electronic correspondence is welcome. Proposals must
be sent to the appropriate Division Head (addresses below). Advise the
Division Head if you would like to volunteer to chair a paper session.
Proposals must include a 500-word abstract and appropriate
bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical
context. Presenters must be members of IAFA at the time of the
conference. Be sure to indicate all audio-visual equipment needs in
this initial proposal; later A/V requests cannot be guaranteed.
FANTASTIC IN CHILDREN'S & YOUNG-ADULT'S LITERATURE & ILLUSTRATION
All aspects of the fantastic in work aimed at children and young
adults. Division Head: Joe Sutliff Sanders, California State
University, Dept. of English, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino,
CA, 92407-2397 (DR.JOESS@...).
FANTASTIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
All aspects of the fantastic in British, American and Commonwealth
literature. Division Head: Stefan Ekman, Lund University
FANTASTIC IN FILM & MEDIA
All aspects of the fantastic in television, video, and film. Division
Head: Susan A. George, Gender & Women's Studies, University of
California, Berkeley, 3326 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-1070
COMMUNITIES & CULTURES IN THE FANTASTIC [formerly PCVA]
All aspects of the fantastic in fan cultures and communities,
including fan fiction, comics/graphic novels, filking, conventions,
hypertexts, viral marketing, RPG. Division Head: Barbara Lucas, VIS,
31225 Bainbridge Rd, Suite M, Solon OH 44139
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS [formerly PCVA]
All aspects of the fantastic in live drama, music, dance, sculpture,
body art, comics/graphic novels, and photography and digital imagery.
Division Head: Stefan Hall, Bowling Green State University, Dept. of
Theatre and Film, 338 South Hall, Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0180
All aspects of horror in mainstream and popular literature, including
literary traditions, aesthetics, psychological constructs, and
comparative influences. Division Head: Stephanie Moss, 10032 N. 52nd.
Street, Tampa, FL 33517 (SMOSS@...).
INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC LITERATURE
All aspects of the fantastic in international and comparative
literature. Division Head: Dale Knickerbocker, Dept. of Foreign
Languages, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858
SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE & THEORY
All aspects of science fiction literature, history, and theory.
Division Head: Sherryl Vint, Dept. of English Literature, Brock
University, St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1 (SVINT@...).
March 18-22, 2009
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Look for Information and Updates at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org
Michael A. Torregrossa, Listserv Moderator
The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Michael A Torregrossa and Carl James Grindley, Co-Founders