One Month Until the ICFA Submission Deadline : The 2014 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

    Dear friends,

    One month until the ICFA submission deadline – submit your paper and/or panel proposal before you buy your Halloween costume !

    Please see the Call for Papers for the 35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) below, and/or on the website (

    As you can see, the submissions process is now done completely through the website rather than email (though of course email me with any questions, as usual). Updated submission guidelines are displayed on the submission page itself.

    Please note that while papers on the conference theme are always appreciated (and this year’s theme fits our division especially well!), you are also most welcome to submit on the fantastic (broadly defined)-related topic of your choice.

    Call for Papers for ICFA-35

    March 19-23, 2014 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

    The deadline for submitting proposals is October 31.

    “Fantastic Empires”

    Guest of Honor: Nnedi Okorafor

    Guest of Honor: Ian McDonald

    Guest Scholar: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

    Special Guest Emeritus: Brian Aldiss

    “From space operas to medieval tales to seminal works of fantasy, imaginative fiction abounds in fabulous empires. ICFA 35 will investigate the widest range of topics relating to empire, including discussions of particular texts, analyses of the hegemonic and counterhegemonic forces of empire, evaluations of individual resistances to imperialism (and of empires striking back), and assays into various other aspects of the theme. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers and panels that seek to examine, interrogate, and expand any research related to empire and the fantastic.

    In addition to essays examining our honored Guests’ work, conference papers might consider specific fantastic empires, imaginative imperial fantasies, the semiotics of empire, fantastic diasporas and migrations, margins and liminal space(s), media empires, technologies of empire, speculative post-nationalism, fantastic Others, myth and empire, geographical/ideological mapping, transnational trauma, the construction/constriction of identity, or the multiple metaphors of empire. Panels might discuss various theories of empire, postcolonialism and the fantastic, language and imperialism, cosmopolitanism in the actual cosmos, Orientalism in classic texts, horrific hordes in film, dystopian empires, or postmodern theory and empire.”

    Please join ICFA in Orlando in 2014. Your intellectual and creative distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.

    Download the call for proposals today ! You may also submit for a 10-minute play festival ! Submit by October 31st !

    To Attend the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

    Some important steps:
    1.Send in a paper proposal by going to (see the Call for Papers, above).
    2.Register as a member of IAFA and attendent of ICFA. Membership or registration questions can be directed to IAFA Membership & Registration Coordinator, Valorie Ebert through the Contact Page.
    3.Book accommodation with the conference hotel. Read the ICFA-35 Hotel Information and look at some pictures from the hotel and vicinity. Note that the hotel operates a complimentary airport shuttle service from Orlando Airport. Should you prefer taxi, the estimated fee (one way) is USD 10.
    4.If you are new to the conference, you might want to check out affiliated organizations.


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