Sunday excursion capped – a few seats still available through ICFA store

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The number of tickets to be sold for the Sunday Excursion has been capped so that we can commit to transportation, and the option to buy tickets removed from ICFA registration.

The remaining seats are for sale through the ICFA store, which can be accessed through the members only area of the M&R system: https://iaftfita.wildapricot.org/. If your browser has been set up to refuse to run scripts, you can access the ICFA store through the script-less version: http://store4277080.ecwid.com/.

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Last chance to book a room in the conference hotel

The deadline for booking a hotel room has passed but we have managed to obtain a slight extension with a very few rooms. The hotel will be completely sold out during our conference so if you have not booked, please do so immediately. Since the deadline has passed we cannot guarantee the IAFA conference rate once these rooms are booked.

The hotel website is: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcoap-orlando-airport-marriott/

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Finalizing plans for transportation for our Sunday Excursion to the Kennedy Space Center

Hi, everybody,

I hope you are all looking forward to ICFA.

I am finalizing plans for transportation for our Sunday Excursion to the Kennedy Space Center, and I want to make sure I have room for everybody who wants to go, so if you have not yet purchased your ticket, please do so in the next couple of days.

If you would like more information on the destination (did you know there is a shuttle lift-off experience?), you can find it here:

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about logistics.

Cheers,

Jeri Zulli
jerzulli@live.com

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ICFA 35 Post conference excursion deadline *and* ICFA store site

The deadline for reserving the bus for the post conference excursion is upon us. If you are going to Kennedy on Sunday, we need to know!

If you want to go on the excursion and have not yet registered for the conference, please do so at http://iafa.highpoint.edu/mnrgateway/ and be
sure to choose the excursion.

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the excursion or a meal or souvenir, you can use of our new “ICFA Store” site on the membership and registration system.

Log in to the membership and event system, https://iaftfita.wildapricot.org/, using your email address and the password you chose.

Move the cursor over the “Members Only” menu. The ICFA Store option will appear beneath that. Click on that option.

If your browser blocks javascript automatically or is set up to warn you, you might see a message about running javascript. Tell the browser it’s okay in this case. The storefront provider is recommended by our membership and event system provider.

The catalog will appear. It’s pretty much like any on-line store from this point. Choose what you want, enter some options such as names and sizes, and find the checkout button when you’re ready.

On the checkout screen, you have options to pay by credit card, PayPal, or e-check. All are handled for us by PayPal but you do *not* have to be a PayPal member to pay by credit card or e-check.

Enter your email address so the system can let you know your purchase was successful.

You do *not* have to “open an account” with the ICFA Store so please don’t do this. We won’t be looking for it in any case.

Do fill out the billing information at the bottom though. From there it’s just like using PayPal for anything.

I have tested the system and everything appears to be in order. My bank account certainly thinks so.

If you run into problems, however, let me know in a polite sort of way: anarresti@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Mike

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ICFA 35 Draft Program is Published

The 1st vice president and the division heads have published the first draft of the program for the 35th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

Please use it to verify that your name, affiliation, and the title of your presentation (as applicable) are correct.

Also, please ensure that you are not scheduled to be in two places simultaneously.

The titles of sessions and panels for which speakers have been requested have been highlighted in yellow. If you requested speakers and it is not indicated, please contact the 1st Vice President.

At this point, changes will *ONLY* be made to correct mistaken information, scheduling conflicts, or if you have been mistakenly scheduled to present on Wednesday. For these concerns, please contact the 1st vice president.

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Volunteer Survey

Our registrar ask attendees to fill out this volunteer survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1krBnXe7eswxCoIYfFdCAJOSVzuPP09NRQxtm29YDfVA/viewform

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BOOK HOTEL AT CONFERENCE RATE

TODAY is the last day to book a hotel room at the IAFA rate.

http://iafa.highpoint.edu/annual-conference/the-hotel/

 

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Sunday Excursion to the Kennedy Space Center

Hi, everybody,

I hope you are all looking forward to ICFA.

I am finalizing plans for transportation for our Sunday Excursion to the Kennedy Space Center, and I want to make sure I have room for everybody who wants to go, so if you have not yet purchased your ticket, please do so in the next couple of days.

If you would like more information on the destination (did you know there is a shuttle lift-off experience?), you can find it here:

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about logistics.

Cheers,

Jeri Zulli

jerzulli@live.com

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Science Fiction Collection adds Filk as Deeper than Swords Exhibit Closes

Marketing and Communications | January 08, 2014

Fans of Game of Thrones have until February 7, 2013, to visit the George R. R. Martin Deeper than Swords exhibit at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives before it closes. The exhibit showcases objects, editions and manuscripts from the best-selling author’s prolific writing career. The collection forms the capstone of Texas A&M University Libraries’ internationally recognized Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection.

As the exhibit closes, the Libraries will broaden the dimensions by adding “filk” related materials to its science fiction collection. Filk is best described as a musical culture, genre and community among science fiction and fantasy fans, which is a manifestation of fan labor to create a wide-range of musical styles and topics.

Science fiction conventions, as well as designated filk conventions, have various filk programming that includes concerts and late night filk circles, where music is performed and shared, as well as panels about music and fandom. Most filk conventions put out songbooks with songs submitted by members of the community to share with attending members.

The Cushing Library filk collection will showcase examples of these songbooks, as well as audio, video, digital recordings and fanzines and fanvids— which demonstrate the interest and affection for particular aspects of both literary and broadcast science fiction and fantasy media. The collection seeks to preserve the popular legacy of science fiction and fantasy by documenting and acquiring various fanworks. Cushing Library is also a depository for many books and materials of famous science fiction and fantasy authors, from the likes of George R. R. Martin to Joe Lansdale, Elizabeth Moon and Ray Bradbury, among others.

The collection features a diverse mixture of materials, including the personal science fiction and fantasy library of Anne McCaffrey, and thousands of science fiction and fantasy-related monographs in hardcover and paperback, which date from the 17th century to the present. The extensive periodicals collection contains over 90 percent of the American science fiction pulp magazines published prior to 1980.

For more information about donating fanworks and filk-related materials, please contact Jeremy Brett, processing archivist, at jwbrett@library.tamu.edu, or Lauren Schiller at l_schiller@library.tamu.edu.

To learn more about the collection itself, please visit the Cushing website at: http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/collections/browse-major-collections/the-science-fiction-collection/index.html.

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CfP: “Popular Culture” – second issue of e-journal helden. heroes. héros.

Whether heroes of Antiquity such as Ulysses or Achill, biblical heroes like David or Judith, medieval folk heroes like Robin Hood or Joan of Arc, heroes of national revolution such as Danton or Marat, literary heroes and anti-heroes like Don Quijote or Faust or contemporary superheroes such as Lara Croft or Batman, heroes and heroines were always used as canvas and identificatory figures for individuals, social groups or societies as a whole.

Although a “postheroic age” is often postulated today, one can perceive a new boom of the heroic not only but especially within popular culture nowadays. Thereby, traditions are challenged by new types of heroes and hybrid forms and processes of trivialisation and diffusion stand alongside scepticism and taboos. helden.heroes.héros. e-journal on cultures of the heroic, an open-access journal published by the collaborative research center “Heroes – Heroization – Heroisms” at Freiburg University is exploring this tension between exceptionality of heroic figures and the social groups which they both stabilize and question.

Since the heroic can only ever be visible through representation and groups of followers can only be constituted through the medial dissemination of hero narratives, the second issue of the journal (summer 2014) will be concerned with the issue of “Popular Culture”. The issue will focus on figures, modes of presentation, media-specific phenomena and functions of popular representations of the heroic. What are characteristics of popular heroes? In which media are heroes and their heroic acts presented and who is selecting them? Are there connections between today’s heroes and the folk heroes of earlier times? These and similar questions should be discussed in the submitted contributions.

The Call for Papers is directed at researchers from all humanities and social sciences who are dealing with the representation of the heroic in popular media – not only of the 20th and 21st century, but of all ages. Contributions will be selected based on peer review and abstracts of 2000 characters (including spacing) as well as a short CV should be submitted until 31st January 2014 to:

e-journal@sfb948.uni-freiburg.de

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