CFP: The Fantastic in the Arts

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts #40
March 2019
Stichtag: 31.10.2018

Please join us on March 13-16, 2019, for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) #40 in its theme of “Politics and Conflicts.”  We welcome ideas for papers and panels on science fiction, fantasy, fairytale, horror, or superhero stories, and on other works in speculative genres in literary, theatrical, TV/film, artistic, comic book, animation, videogame, or digital media. We especially invite work on Guest Scholar Mark Bould (Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award recipient; author of many books of science-fiction scholarship [e.g., Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook]) and Guest Author G. Willow Wilson (winner, PEN Center award; Hugo-Award-winning writer, Ms. Marvel and Alif the Unseen).

Through Oct. 31, 2018, the International Fantastic Division of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) is soliciting proposals for ICFA 2019 papers, sessions, creative readings, and other panels about the global fantastic in any media and discipline. We welcome international research and art about spiritual, fabulist, weird, and experimental expressions of the non-real/surreal, as well as about regional speculative and fantastic narratives distributed over commercial mass media. Our IF Division accepts academic proposals about global, decolonial, and indigenous texts by university and independent scholars; by translators, librarians, and researchers; and by graduate students in all fields. Artists of fantastic works may submit proposals to our Creative Track of writing, music, theater, film, and poetry sessions, as well as for panels on topics of interest to creative professionals. In March, we will meet at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside to celebrate, debate, and deduce speculative fiction’s contributions to grasping the politics and conflicts of our past in their capacity to guide us toward more inclusive futures.

For more on ICFA #40, see: For proposal-related questions, contact the IAFA Division Heads (e.g., of the International Fantastic Division):

To submit proposals by 10/31 see:

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