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Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Buying and Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for the 31st annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 31 is on race and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be equally welcome. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 17 - 21, 2010 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are Nalo Hopkinson and Lawrence Yep, and the Guest Scholar is Takayuki Tatsumi. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

Viral Marketing Campaigns
Alternate Reality Games (ARG's).
Specific marketing campaigns for movies, books, television series, video games
Interaction between corporate entities and communities of consumers
Barter/trading systems versus cash exchange economies
Collecting and memorabilia
Collectible card gaming

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses). Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
DFS
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
barbedwriting@yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org. Bookmark the site to keep checking back for updates. For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.
 
 
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Hypertexts, New Media, and Convergence in the Fantastic for the 31st annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 31 is on race and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be equally welcome. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 17 - 21, 2010 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are Nalo Hopkinson and Lawrence Yep, and the Guest Scholar is Takayuki Tatsumi. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

The fantastic in blogs, LiveJournal, JournalFen, YouTube, PodCasting
Ebooks and magazines
Hypertexts
Cross-media storytelling (e.g., The Matrix films relying on video games and anime to add narrative layers/detail to the work as a whole)
Non-traditional means of publicity (e.g, Internet-only trailers, writers' blogs, etc.)
The role of "fictional" blogs and websites (corporate-run behind the scenes)

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses). Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
DFS
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
barbedwriting@yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.
 
 
 
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Fan Art, Fiction, and Culture for the 31st annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 31 is on race and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be equally welcome. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 17 - 21, 2010 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are Nalo Hopkinson and Lawrence Yep, and the Guest Scholar is Takayuki Tatsumi. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Comparative studies of fan fiction writers and communities
Slash, het, or gen fiction
Interactions between writers and fandoms.
Fan fiction genres (e.g., hurt-comfort, BDSM, MPREG, incest, etc)
Relationships between writers and their controlling narratives
Real-person fictions (i.e., actor versus character fictions)
Tensions between fanon and canon
Selling fannish creations
Photo manipulation and "vidding"
The role of the Internet in building fan communities and shaping fannish interactions
Fan and media convention culture
Representations of self/identity in fandom
Fandom-specific language, how communication evolves for and out of the community
Filking
Costuming and cosplay
Fan art

Any fandoms based on fantasy or science fiction, or horror television, film, comics, gaming, anime, and manga are welcome.

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses). Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
DFS
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
barbedwriting@yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org. Bookmark the site to keep checking back for updates. For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.
 
 
Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Sociology and Folklore in the Fantastic for the 31st annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 31 is on race and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be equally welcome. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 17 - 21, 2010 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are Nalo Hopkinson and Lawrence Yep, and the Guest Scholar is Takayuki Tatsumi. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

How audiences/communities construct their own folklore, legends, and urban legends
Archiving and transmission of community folklore and legend
How folklore, myth, and legend impact individual and group expressions of identity
Linguistic and philosophical elements of folklore, myth, and urban legend and how these impact audience interaction with the texts
How fantastical personae impact the expression and definition of personal identity
Media representations of fantastical communities

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses). Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
DFS
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
barbedwriting@yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org. Bookmark the site to keep checking back for updates. For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.
 
 
 
 

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Gaming Theory and Culture for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. 

 

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be considered.  The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

 

Your proposal should focus on games based on fantasy or science fiction, or horror premises, including (but not limited to) media tie-ins, for any electronic platform as well as online games (even ones that are mostly text based, e.g., MUSHes, etc.). table-top games, card games, pen-and-paper games.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

 

Virtual environments and bodies

Gaming communities

Avatars

Performance

Role-playing

Narrative structure and strategy

Online gaming

The economics of gaming

Game-specific language, how communication evolves for and out of the medium

Immersion

Gaming psychology

Differences in gamer engagement with game based on medium (e.g., table top, visual online, textual online, etc.)

Games and learning

Game genres and series

Representations of self/identity in online games, MUSHes, etc.

Gender and sexuality in games/gaming

 

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context.  Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses).  Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.  Please email proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc) formats.  If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file, not a .docx file.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Barbara Lucas, Division Head

Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division

barbedwriting@yahoo.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.  However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

 

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

 

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org.  Bookmark the site so you can check for updates.  For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

 

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.

 
 
 
 

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Buying and Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. 

 

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be considered.  The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

 

Viral Marketing Campaigns

Alternate Reality Games (ARG’s).

Specific marketing campaigns for movies, books, television series, video games

Interaction between corporate entities and communities of consumers

Barter/trading systems versus cash exchange economies

Collecting and memorabilia

Collectible card gaming

 

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context.  Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses).  Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.  Please email proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc) formats.  If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file, not a .docx file.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Barbara Lucas, Division Head

Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division

barbedwriting@yahoo.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.  However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

 

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

 

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org.  Bookmark the site so you can check for updates.  For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

 

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.

 

 
 
 
 

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Hypertexts, New Media, and Convergence in the Fantastic for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. 

 

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be considered.  The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

 

The fantastic in blogs, LiveJournal, JournalFen, YouTube, PodCasting

Ebooks and magazines

Hypertexts

Cross-media storytelling (e.g., The Matrix films relying on video games and anime to add narrative layers/detail to the work as a whole)

Non-traditional means of publicity (e.g, Internet-only trailers, writers’ blogs, etc.)

The role of “fictional” blogs and websites (corporate-run behind the scenes)

 

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context.  Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses).  Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.  Please email proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc) formats.  If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file, not a .docx file.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Barbara Lucas, Division Head

Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division

barbedwriting@yahoo.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.  However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

 

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

 

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org.  Bookmark the site so you can check for updates.  For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

 

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.

 
 

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Fan Art, Fiction, and Culture for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. 

 

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be considered.  The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

 

Comparative studies of fan fiction writers and communities

Slash, het, or gen fiction

Interactions between writers and fandoms.

Fan fiction genres (e.g., hurt-comfort, BDSM, MPREG, incest, etc)

Relationships between writers and their controlling narratives

Real-person fictions (i.e., actor versus character fictions)

Tensions between fanon and canon

Selling fannish creations

Photo manipulation and “vidding”

The role of the Internet in building fan communities and shaping fannish interactions

Fan and media convention culture

Representations of self/identity in fandom

Fandom-specific language, how communication evolves for and out of the community

Filking

Costuming and cosplay

Fan art

 

Any fandoms based on fantasy or science fiction, or horror television, film, comics, gaming, anime, and manga are welcome. 

 

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context.  Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses).  Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.  Please email proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc) formats.  If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file, not a .docx file.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Barbara Lucas, Division Head

Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division

barbedwriting@yahoo.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.  However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

 

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

 

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org.  Bookmark the site so you can check for updates.  For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

 

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.

 
 
 
 
 

Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Sociology and Folklore in the Fantastic for the 30th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. 

 

The focus of ICFA 30 is on time and the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be considered.  The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 18 - 22, 2009 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more information and updates about the conference, please visit www.iafa.org.

 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

 

How audiences/communities construct their own folklore, legends, and urban legends

Archiving and transmission of community folklore and legend

How folklore, myth, and legend impact individual and group expressions of identity

Linguistic and philosophical elements of folklore, myth, and urban legend and how these impact audience interaction with the texts

How fantastical personae impact the expression and definition of personal identity

Media representations of fantastical communities

 

If you are interesting in submitting a paper, proposals should include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context.  Be sure to include current/working contact information (snailmail AND email addresses).  Also note whether your presentation would require audio-visual equipment.  Please email proposals as rich text (.rtf), PDF (.pdf), or Word document (.doc) formats.  If you use Word 2007, please save your document as a .doc file, not a .docx file.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Barbara Lucas, Division Head

Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division

barbedwriting@yahoo.com

 

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.  However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.

 

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

 

You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org.  Bookmark the site so you can check for updates.  For information and updates specific to the Community and Culture Division, visit http://community.livejournal.com/ccfantastic/.

 

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs and individuals who might be interested.
 
 
The Conference Schedule:
The conference generally begins mid-day on Wednesday with a short opening ceremony followed by one slot of paper sessions. After this, there is time for dinner and then a welcome reception.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are filled with paper sessions, panels, author readings, and other events. There are usually 5 slots for programming each day and about 5 or 6 tracks of programming running during each time slot. There is also programming in the evenings on Thursday and Friday.

Friday is also the Guest Scholar luncheon. The price of this is included in your registration. In addition to this, there is the Guest of Honor luncheon (Thursday) and the awards banquet (Saturday evening). Tickets for either of these last two events can be purchased with your registration or at the registration desk at the conference. While you do not have to participate in the luncheon and banquet, the meals provide keynote speeches and a chance to mingle with other people who share your research interests. There is a farewell reception immediately following the banquet.

People start arriving at the conference as early as Monday and Tuesday, and there are a number of people who stay until the following Monday. If you want to participate in all the programming, you will want to make sure that you are arriving in Lauderdale not much later than noon on Wednesday, and that you are leaving sometime on Sunday.

This year the ICFA is offering a day trip to Universal Studios on Sunday, March 23. 2008. Seating is limited and details can be found at www.iafa.org in the registration form.

Since I have received a number of proposals from graduate students who are first-time ICFA presenters, I figured I needed to post about two programs especially for graduate students.

Graduate Student Mentoring Program:

If you are a graduate student who is new to the conference, we have a mentoring program where you are matched up with a long-time conference attendee (hopefully with similar research interests) who can answer questions you might have before the conference and while you are there. The program can be very helpful, and there is an opening-night reception for participants in the program just before the welcome reception. Please contact me if you want more information on the program. I have been a mentor for the last two years, and it was a lot of fun. I have posted more information about this program at the CC Livejournal here: You can also read more about it at the IAFA website (www.iafa.org).

Graduate Student Award:
Each year, the conference gives an award and cash prize to the best paper submitted by a graduate student, and I would encourage those of you eligible to apply. I have posted more information about this award and application process at the CC Livejournal here: You can also read more about it at the IAFA website (www.iafa.org).

Other Administrivia:
You do not need to submit a completed paper to me in advance of the conference, although you do need to be ready to present during your scheduled session. If you are a first-time presenter, people will often do trial readings for timing and presentation before their sessions, so you can likely find someone who will listen to a trial run.

Also, please prepare a brief bio that your session chair can use to introduce you at your paper session. You do not want to have to be frantically scribbling one out just before the session is set to begin.

If anyone has any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.