International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
The 37th ICFA (my 19th!) is coming up and it is time to start thinking about paper proposals.
Conference Date: 16-20 March, 2016
Location: Orlando, Florida
Deadline for proposals: 31 October, 2015
Please join us for ICFA 37, March 16-20, 2016, when our theme will be “Wonder Tales.” Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as “fairy tales” due to the genre’s emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder—transformations and resurrections— but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the “sense of wonder” in science fiction. Papers might explore wonder tales and their modern incarnations, readers’ responses of wonder to fantastic texts, uses of wonder within fantastic texts, how wonder is invoked across mediums and genres, and the relationship between wondering (marveling) and wondering (questioning).We welcome papers on the work of our guests:
- Guest of Honor Terri Windling (author and editor, winner of nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Solstice Award)
- Guest of Honor Holly Black (author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, and winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in Children’s Literature and a Newberry Honor book for Doll Bones)
- Guest Scholar Cristina Bacchilega (author of Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies and Fairy Tales Transformed: 21st-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder).
We also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2015. We encourage work from institutionally affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, and graduate students.