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IAFA Conference March 19-23 2014 in Orlando Florida

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I know it isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought I would let you guys know about this.

Essentially this is an academic conference with a bunch of authors who usually attend.

The conference is looking for abstracts for 20 minute papers on fantasy, sf or horror. They also have a media division and a fan/culture division. The papers don't have to be on theme, but they should be a fairly high academic quality.

Admittedly it is in Florida in March, so it isn't cheap, but it is a really cool conference with some very interesting people.

IAFA Call for Papers : Fantastic Empires

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is currently calling for papers.

The ICFA welcomes papers on any aspect of the fantastic, broadly defined, in Literature, Art, Drama, Film, and Popular Media. This year, we are particularly interested in topics related to our theme, Fantastic Empires. 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 us in Orlando in 2014. We will add your intellectual and creative distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.

The conference will be held on March 19-23, 2014 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 31.

Guest of Honor: Nnedi Okorofor

Guest of Honor: Ian McDonald

Guest Scholar: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

Special Guest Emeritus: Brian Aldiss

For more information on the IAFA and its conference, the ICFA, see http://iafa.highpoint.edu. To submit a proposal, go to http://iafa.highpoin...fa-submissions/

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