2011 Crawford Award Announced

Karen Lord has been named the winner of this year’s William L. Crawford Award for her first novel Redemption in Indigo (Small Beer Press). The award, presented annually at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, is designated for a new writer whose first fantasy book appeared the previous year. This year’s conference will be March 16-20 in Orlando, FL.

The nominators for this year’s award also shortlisted Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City, N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and Anna Kendall’s Crossing Over, and wanted to commend two other novels, Robert Jackson Bennett’s Mr. Shivers and Amelia Beamer’s The Loving Dead, the latter of which was viewed by some nominators as centrally a science fiction work. Science fiction is excluded under the terms established by the award’s founding sponsor, Andre Norton.

Those participating, in varying degrees, in this year’s nomination and selection process included Niall Harrison, Cheryl Morgan, Graham Sleight, Paul Witcover, John Clute, Jonathan Strahan, Liza Trombi, Farah Mendlesohn, Ellen Klages, and Kelly Link (who, as publisher of Small Beer Press, recused herself from final voting).

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European Affliate call for papers

Did you know we have a European affiliate? Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung. More information can be found at http://www.fantastikforschung.de/.

EUROFAN: New Directions of the European Fantastic After the Cold War Second Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF) within the framework of the
Salzburg Annual Conferences in English Literature and Culture in Collaboration with the
Programme Arts & Aesthetics (Priority Programme “Wissenschaft und Kunst”) to be held at the University of Salzburg 29 September to 1 October 2011, organised by Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Sarah Herbe.

Since the end of the Cold War a significant number of fantastic texts, films, artworks and new media practices across Europe have raised social and political questions. We understand the fantastic to mean a dynamic process rather than a finished product and a distinctive mode of engagement with the real. It typically works to disrupt the mimetic through supernatural, magical and visionary means. In this sense it breaks through boundaries of genre, space and identity. It fosters new kinds of dialogue across time, space and communities, informing contemporary technologies of cultural production and their use by increasing numbers of Europeans in their everyday lives. The rich European cultural context offers unique opportunities to look into how the contemporary fantastic as a truly global cultural phenomenon is being locally created and reinterpreted in active, trans-national dialogue. Through transformed networks of publishing, audiovisual industries, digital media, online communities, visitor attractions and cultural tourism, the fantastic has reached new dimensions. Pervading a wide range of literary genres, cultural practices and infrastructures, it plays a crucial role in the exchange of ideas and concerns across national and political boundaries. The fall of the Berlin Wall signalled the start of a period of profound changes and reconfigurations in Europe. These involved a rethinking not only of capitalism and communism, East and West, but also of the national and trans-national, the indigenous and migrant, borders and flows, histories and futures, identities and communities. Simultaneously, across high and popular culture new fantastic forms and practices have emerged.

This conference will explore how the fantastic has responded to and how it is shaping Europe’s dynamic cultural contexts, and how it contributes to cognitive and affective dimensions of European identity. The aim is to define the share of the fantastic in the cultural traffic between European societies and communities after the Cold War. We are particularly interested in transformations of the fantastic in literature, life-writing, film, folklore, gaming, cultural infrastructures such as museums and museum-like venues, multi-sensory events and social practices. For this purpose we invite papers dealing with:

  • Genre Shifts: how have post-Cold War realities changed conceptions of fantastic genres and what new terminologies have emerged since 1989? What are the political implications of the genre shifts according to locale? How has the growing cultural acceptance impacted conceptions of high and low culture and how has it become a privileged site for negotiating cultural identities?
  • Fantastic Film and New Media: what is the role of the fantastic in European cinema? How has the latter articulated and negotiated the relationships that have emerged since the end of the Cold War between nation, Europe and international capital? What impact have contemporary forms of media had on the fantastic and, conversely, how have the cultures of fantasy paved the way for contemporary media cultures to emerge (participatory media culture, ‘media convergence’ and ‘fan fiction’)?
  • Cultural Infrastructures and Social Practices: What is the role of cultural infrastructures in constructing history and communicating cultural value through narrative and multi-sensory experience? How have sites of cultural memory, history and trauma, museums and visitor attractions been narrativised, emotionalised and theatricalised by fantastic tropes and strategies? What role does the fantastic play in the construction and reconfiguration of different identity categories in the new Europe (re-tellings of myth and folklore, festivals, events)?

If you are interested in this conference and wish to offer a paper, please send an abstract of 350 words describing your project and bearing your name and institutional affiliation by 15 January 2011 to:

Prof. Dr. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner
University of Salzburg
Department of English and American Studies
Akademiestraße 24
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Tel.: +43-662-8044-4422
Fax: +43-662-8044-167
E-Mail: sabine.coelsch-foisner@sbg.ac.at

and

Dr. Sarah Herbe
University of Salzburg
Department of English and American Studies
Akademiestraße 24
5020 Salzburg, Austria
Tel.: +43-662-8044-4402
Fax: +43-662-8044-167
E-Mail: sarah.herbe@sbg.ac.at

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Welcome to the new IAFA website!

The website of the IAFA is now hosted at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.  We have carried over all the content from the old site but the new site has a different look because we are using WordPress to make it easier to maintain.

Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive news from this site concerning the business of the IAFA!

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Congratulations new board members!!

The board meeting is underway! This is breaking news from the heart of the board meeting…

Congratulations Brigid Shannon, the new Registration/Membership Coordinator and to Mike Smith and Curtis Potterveld, the new co-Chief Technology Officers!!

We’re excited to have these new members to the board.

More news coming soon…

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Last days to apply!

You know you’ve been curious about the inner workings of ICFA! It’s not late to find out… apply before end of day tomorrow and satisfy that healthy curiosity!!

Two board positions are open and applicants can forward a cover letter and CV to President Jim Casey at jcasey@highpoint.edu for review at the annual Board meeting.
* Registration and Membership Coordinator
* Tech Gnome

Three division head positions are open and applicants can forward a cover letter and CV to Sherryl Vint, 1st Vice President (sherryl.vint@gmail.com).
* International Fantastic
* Horror
* Science Fiction Lit

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2010; a decision will be made by June 2010.

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*Deadline Extended* CfP: SFRA 2010

Proposal and Regular (non-late) registration deadlines have been extended to May 15.

And in case you haven’t seen it yet, visit the conference website at www.sfra2010.ning.com. Rather than a static site, this year’s conference web presence is a social network designed to allow attendees (and those considering) to join, network before during and after the conference, and collaborate in the construction of the conference. Sign up even if you are not sure whether you’ll attend!

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CfP – SFRA 2010: “Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction and the Frontier”

The 2010 Science Fiction Research Association (www.sfra.org) conference theme, “Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction and the Frontier,” reflects the conference’s venue in the high desert of Carefree, Arizona, north of Phoenix. The frontier, the borderland between what is known and what is unknown, the settled and the wild, the mapped and the unexplored, is as central to science fiction as it is to the mythology of the American West.

International Guest Scholar Pawel Frelik: “Gained in Translation: Dispersed Narratives in Contemporary Culture”

Guest Scholar Margaret Weitekamp: “Ray Guns, Play Sets, and Board Games: What Space Toys Say About the Frontier”

Guest Scholar/Author Joan Slonczewski: “Tree Networks and Transspecies Sex: Biology in Avatar”

Submissions are invited for individual papers (15-20 minutes), full paper panels (3 papers), roundtables (80 minute sessions), and other presentations that explore the study and teaching of science fiction in any medium. Proposals that engage the conference theme are appreciated, but all proposals will be considered.

Paper and other session proposals should be 150-250 words. Paper panel proposals should include the proposals of all three papers and a brief statement of their unifying principle. Include all text of the proposal in the body of the email (not as an attachment). Please be sure to include full contact information for all panel members and to make all AV requests within each proposal.

In addition to traditional paper panels, the conference will include several “Year in Review” sessions in which a small panel will present observations about the most significant texts in a given area before inviting audience discussion. Individual panels will cover SF Scholarship, SF in Print, SF Film, SF Television, SF Games. Anyone interested in serving on one of these panels should contact the Conference Coordinator.

For the first time, SFRA 2010 will offer three pre-conference “Short Courses” the morning of the conference’s first day. One will examine teaching science fiction in higher education, one will provide interested scholars a primer on studying digital science fiction, and the third will offer students (and anyone else interested) an orientation to science fiction scholarship.

The conference is open to other non-traditional programming suggestions that take advantage of an in-person gathering of science fiction scholars.

E-mail submissions as attached files by April 30, 2010 to Conference Coordinator Craig Jacobsen: jacobsen at mesacc dot edu

Ongoing submission acceptances will be issued to better allow presenters to plan.

The conference will run June 24-27, 2010. Visit the conference website at www.sfra2010.ning.com. Rather than a static site, this year’s conference web presence is a social network designed to allow attendees (and those considering) to join, network before during and after the conference, and collaborate in the construction of the conference. Sign up even if you are not sure whether you’ll attend.

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It’s not too late!!

Always wonder what it was like to help make a conference come together? It’s not too late!! We are still looking for a few good people… Five positions are open! Come join a fun team of people and see what it’s really like to make ICFA happen. May 1st is the deadline and it’s just around the corner!

Two board positions are open and applicants can forward a cover letter and CV to President Jim Casey at jcasey@highpoint.edu for review at the annual Board meeting.
* Registration and Membership Coordinator
* Tech Gnome

Three division head positions are open and applicants can forward a cover letter and CV to Sherryl Vint, 1st Vice President (sherryl.vint@gmail.com).
* International Fantastic
* Horror
* Science Fiction Lit

Apply this week!!

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Head of Horror Lit Division

After five years of much-appreciated service as Horror Division Head, Stephanie Moss is stepping down. The IAFA board, on behalf of the entire IAFA community, thanks Stephanie for her dedicated work supporting horror scholarship at ICFA.

Based on data available last year, the IAFA board had decided to discontinue the Horror Division at the conclusion of Stephanie’s term. Given new information, the board will reconsider this decision at the June meeting. The board now expects to re-institute the Horror Division on a trial basis and, should this occur, the new Division Head will serve for the trial period.

The IAFA is now accepting applications for the position of Head of the Horror Literature Division.

The Division Head creates and publicizes the CFP for his/her Division, collects and accepts paper proposals, creates paper sessions, helps to create panels and coordinates all Division programming with the 1st Vice President for scheduling. This Division is responsible for all papers and panels on horror literature in English (the International division handles non-English works; works in media other than print are handled by the relevant media division).

Qualifications include current membership with IAFA, knowledge of the field of horror literature (primary texts and criticism), frequent and dependable internet access, comfort working with computers, organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a group. It is preferable that candidates have some history with the conference and thus are familiar with its structure. Candidates must be willing to begin transition work immediately and must attend the annual conference in March during the years of tenure as Division Head. Responsibilities also include attending the Division Heads meeting at the conference and responding to any problems at the conference, such as filling in as moderator if need be and the like.

If you’re interested in taking on the work of SF Division Head, please contact Sherryl Vint, 1st Vice President (sherryl.vint@gmail.com), with a brief statement about your interest in and qualifications for the job. The IAFA board of directors will consider all applications for the position.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2010; a decision will be made by June 2010.

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Head of Science Fiction Lit Division

The IAFA is now accepting applications for the position of Head of the Science Fiction Literature Division, effective immediately.

The Division Head creates and publicizes the CFP for his/her Division, collects and accepts paper proposals, creates paper sessions, helps to create panels, selects and runs the SF Theory roundtable reading and coordinates all Division programming with the 1st Vice President for scheduling. This Division is responsible for all papers and panels on science fiction literature in English (the International division handles non-English works; works in media other than print are handled by the relevant media division).

Qualifications include current membership with IAFA, knowledge of the field of sf literature (primary texts and criticism), frequent and dependable internet access, comfort working with computers, organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a group. It is preferable that candidates have some history with the conference and thus are familiar with its structure. Candidates must be willing to begin transition work with the current Division Head, Sherryl Vint, immediately, and must attend the annual conference in March during the years of tenure as Division Head. Responsibilities also include attending the Division Heads meeting at the conference and responding to any problems at the conference, such as filling in as moderator if need be and the like. Division Heads hold office for a term of 3 years (with a probationary first year) with the possibility of renewal for a second 3-year term.

If you’re interested in taking on the work of SF Division Head, please contact Sherryl Vint, 1st Vice President (sherryl.vint@gmail.com), with a brief statement about your interest in and qualifications for the job. The IAFA board of directors will consider all applications for the position.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2010; a decision will be made by June 2010.

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