CfP for ICFA-35

The deadline for proposals for ICFA 35 is October 31, 2013.

Conference acceptance letters were sent out on or before November 17th, 2013.  If you have not heard anything yet, please check your spam filter, then contact the appropriate Division Head. Thank you.

“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.

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 or renew as a member of IAFA:
    (Note: If you received an email about the new membership system in the last few months, use your receiving email address and click on “forgot password” to set up a password for yourself. )
  3. Register to attend the ICFA.
    (Note: Conference registration will open soon. However the new membership system is up and running.)
  4. 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.
    If you are new to the conference, you might want to check out affiliated organizations.

Membership or registration questions can be directed to IAFA Membership & Registration Coordinator, Valorie Ebert through the Contact Page.

Tips on Writing Conference Proposals

Here are some tips on writing and submitting conference proposals. These are particularly useful if you’re new (or need a refresher) to the conference circuit.


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