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03 October 2009 @ 12:35 pm
CFP: Hypertexts, New Media, and Convergence in the Fantastic (10/31/09; ICFA, 3/17/10 - 3/21/10)  
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
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.

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.