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03 October 2009 @ 12:34 pm
CFP: Sociology and Folklore in the Fantastic (10/31/09; ICFA, 3/17/10 - 3/21/10)  
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.

Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Community and Culture in the Fantastic Division
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

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.