Division Heads

Organization and refereeing of academic paper sessions at ICFA is under the direction of Division Heads, also appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Board.

Fantasy Literature (FL)

The Fantasy Literature division welcomes papers on all aspects of fantasy literature (broadly defined to mean anything from genre fantasy to magic realism and folk tales) including, but not restricted to, criticism on works by fantasy authors writing in English, inter disciplinary approaches to the genre, and scholarship on fantasy theory.

A.P. Canavan
Liverpool, UK

CanavanA.P.  received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool where his thesis Looting the Dungeon: The Quest for the Genre Fantasy Mega-Text explored the impact of Roleplaying Games on the narrative structures and tropes of Genre Fantasy.

His research primarily focuses on Fantasy Literature and the narratolgical evolution of the genre in the modern day.

He continues to teach Science Fiction, Fantasy and Narratology in a number of local universities while he searches for that ever elusive tenure track position.

  • <aidan.canavan AT gmail.com>


Horror Literature (HL)

The Horror Literature division focuses on genre. Papers may explore any aspect of horror literature including but not limited to The Gothic, Physical Horror, Psychological Horror, Archetypes, and the Supernatural. Discussion of the evolution and theory of Horror is also encouraged.

Rhonda Brock-Servais
Longwood University, Longwood, Virginia, USA

Rhonda Brock-ServaisRhonda Brock-Servais has been a member of IAFA since 1994. She has a PhD in English from the University of South Carolina (1999). Her major fields of study are The Gothic and Children’s Literature. She also has an interest Contemporary Horror, particularly the works of Peter Straub. She has been at Longwood University since 2001 and currently serves as department chair.

  • <brockservaisrl AT longwood.edu>

International Fantastic (IF)

The International Fantastic division invites papers on all aspects of the international fantastic in all media. In this context “international” means either non-anglophone or originating in a culture considered/considering itself as foreign within the anglophone world; this may include minority literatures within an anglophone country. Comparative projects also welcome.

Rachel Haywood Ferreira
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

Rachel Haywood Ferreira is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Iowa State University. She has worked with sf in a variety of media, from novels and short stories to comics, magazines and fanzines, and some film. Her articles have appeared in Science Fiction Studies, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Hispania, and Extrapolation. She is the author of The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press, 2011).

Science Fiction Literature (SF)

The Science Fiction Literature Division accepts proposals for papers on topics related to science fiction novels, short stories, and poems, and on critical theory related to the SF genre. This division’s emphasis is textual; papers considering science fiction in film, television, or comics should apply to the Film & Media or the Visual & Performing Arts divisions instead.

David M Higgins
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

David M HigginsDavid Higgins is a Visiting Lecturer in English at Indiana University with a combined PhD in English and American Studies. His research examines imperial imaginings in twentieth-century literature and culture with an emphasis on science fiction, and his dissertation interrogates “New Wave” SF to expose transformations in imperial discourse that occur during the Vietnam War and the climax of European decolonization. David has published in American Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and SFRA Review.

  • <dmhiggin at gmail.com>

Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences (VPAA)

The Visual & Performing Arts and Audiences (VPAA) Division accepts papers on visual arts such as comic books, paintings, architecture, sculpture, photographs and illustrations; the performing arts, including music, dance and theater; games, including fanfic, fan artwork and cosplay; transformative texts, both fan and professional, including mashups and viral marketing; and audience/reception studies concerning audiences for any medium or genre of the fantastic.

Isabella van Elferen
Kingston University, London, UK

Isabella van Elferen

Isabella van Elferen is professor of Music at Kingston University London. She has published widely on film and TV music, video game music, Gothic theory and subcultures, and baroque sacred music. She isthe author of Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny (2012), Mystical Love in the German Baroque: Theology – Poetry – Music (2009), and the editor of Nostalgia or Perversion? Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century until the Present Day (2007). Her new book Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (2015) is co-written with Jeffrey Weinstock of Central Michigan University. Isabella is Division Head of Visual and Performance Arts and Audiences for the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts. She is editor for The Soundtrack, member of the advisory board of Horror Studies, and, with Jen Gunnels, guest editor of the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts (2013). Her book Gothic Music won the Alan Lloyd Smith prize for best book in Gothic Criticism 2011-2013.

  • <I.vanElferen AT Kingston.ac.uk>

 Film and Television (FTV)

The Fantastic in Film & Media division welcomes proposals for paper presentations that deal with the fantastic broadly construed in cinema and television.

Kyle Bishop
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, USA

Kyle BishopDr. Bishop received a PhD in American literature and film from the University of Arizona in 2009. He has since returned to Cedar City to become a third-generation assistant professor at Southern Utah University, where he currently teaches courses in American literature and culture, film studies, fantasy literature, and English composition. Dr. Bishop has presented and published a variety of critical essays and articles on popular culture and cinematic adaptation, including such topics as Metropolis, Night of the Living Dead, Fight Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn of the Dead, Frankenstein, The Birds, Zombieland, and The Walking Dead. His first book, American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture, is now available from McFarland and Co., Publishers.

  • <BishopK AT suu.edu>

Children’s & Young Adult Literature & Art (CYA)

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art division accepts critical scholarship papers that focus on literature aimed at younger readers. This includes picture books as well as middle-grade and young adult novels, short stories, and graphic novels that involve fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, science fiction, and any other aspect of the fantastic.

Alaine Martaus
Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Alaine MartausAlaine Martaus is a doctoral student in Library and Information Science and an Information in Society Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where her research interests include issues and theories related to teen-oriented information networks, the intersection of technology and the young adult literature market, and library teen advisory boards. A graduate of the Hollins University graduate program in Children’s Literature and former high school librarian, she also interested in the representation of information networks in adolescent science fiction, issues of gender, power, and identity formation in adolescent fantasy literature, and trends in the reimagining of classic texts for children and young adults.

  • <acmartaus AT gmail.com>

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