10-Minute Play Festival Winners

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this years first-ever 10-Minute Play Festival.

Mississippi Twilight by Michael Reimann

Brides of Cthulhu by Michael Furlong

The Sum of Your Experience by Trace Crawford

Special thanks to our judges Timothy Anderson, Jeanne Beckwith, and Jen Gunnels, and to everyone who submitted the 24 entries this year. Can’t wait to see the plays!!

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Vote for your board by this Friday!

Reminder: vote for new board members this week!

Please click on the link to go to the election ballot; https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dER4T3RvX2ZVVncwblFXSVZaVm9fR1E6MQ#gid=0

Closing date: 25 January 2013.

Candidates:
President: Sydney Duncan
First Vice President: Dale Knickerbocker and Karen Hellekson
2nd Vice President: Karen Burnham
Public Information Officer: Concetta Bommarito; Gerry Canavan; Stacie Hanes

Candidates for President:

  • Sydney Duncan

Qualifications: The President should have served a term on the Board as either an elected or appointed officer

Role: The President is the chief executive officer, responsible for directing and coordinating all functions of the organization, including the annual conference, the quarterly journal, other sponsored publications, the Awards Program, and public relations of all kinds. The President sets the agenda for, and presides at, all meetings of the Executive Board and the annual Business meeting at the ICFA. The President is also the chief planning officer, responsible for setting agendas in all Association projects. The President oversees the work of the other officers, recruits special guests, seeks institutional support, confirms non-elected Board members, etc. The President is elected by majority vote of the membership of IAFA.

The President serves an additional three years as a voting member of the Board in the capacity of Immediate Past President in which capacity s/he is responsible for the organization of elections.

Sydney Duncan

I am running for president of the IAFA.  I’ve been a member of our organization for about 14 years now. I have served as a member of the board of directors for the last four years in an extended term as second vice-president.

While second vice-president, I have doubled conference attendance among creative guests. I have contacts not only in academe, but also in the professional author/editor/artist circles of the fantastic field, so my outreach has included the convention circuit as well as the academic conference circuit. For example, in summer 2013 I am co-chairing the Computers and Writing conference, which has a steampunk theme. I am also finishing up a term as a judge for the Philip K. Dick award. I have delivered a number of conference papers and published on topics such as the Wizard of Oz and Doctor Who.

I am a tenured associate professor serving as department chair in English, which is the largest department on my campus of about 5,000 students. I currently guide a department of 20 full-time faculty. I choose the word guide deliberately, for I believe strongly in a collaborative approach to decision-making. While a department chair handles administration, proposes policy and sets agendas, she also must listen carefully to the people she represents. As president of the IAFA, I will follow these same principles of administration.

The president of the IAFA works closely with other board members to ensure the health of our organization, and our strong board of directors is a wonderful asset. The IAFA board has a number of elected and appointed members who serve integral roles in the association and in conference organization. I have a deep commitment to the IAFA.  I get along well with everyone in the IAFA organizational structure, both past and present.  I have excellent working relationships with continuing members of the board, and I feel confident that I can build similarly strong connections with the newly-elected and appointed board members.

I hope the IAFA membership will give me serious consideration as a candidate for president. I look forward to more years of service to our organization.

Dr. Sydney Duncan, Department Chair
Associate Professor of English
Frostburg State University
sduncan@frostburg.edu
IAFA 2nd VP

Candidates for 1st Vice President:

  • Karen Hellekson
  • Dale Knickerbocker

Role: The First Vice-President coordinates the ICFA Program, overseeing the work of the Division Heads and scheduling paper sessions for the Annual Conference Program. The First Vice-President also consults with the President and Second Vice-President concerning appearances by special guests in panels, readings, and lectures, and with the Conference Chair about physical arrangements such as AV equipment, room assignments, etc. The First Vice-President substitutes for the President when necessary. The First Vice-President also oversees the IAFA Graduate Student Award, including the following: advertising the award, organizing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The First Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Karen Hellekson

I am seeking the office of First Vice President of IAFA because of my long-standing interest in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, as demonstrated by my continued engagement with the field as an independent scholar. I am a regular attendee of the conference and present work on sf literature and TV, and on fan studies.

My primary practical qualification for the post is my organization. I am very good at setting up and running projects. I have experience in programming: I put together the academic programming for the Science Fiction Research Association meeting in Kansas City a few years ago. I have twice coedited (for two nonconsecutive 3-year stints) the *SFRA Review,* which involves coordinating the work of several people and enforcing tight deadlines. I am founding coeditor of the online-only academic journal *Transformative Works and Cultures,* which launched in 2008 and which has come out on time for 11 issues. I have also successfully spearheaded several edited book projects, which involves juggling deadlines, contracts, and the work of multiple contributors.

Perhaps most importantly, I am responsive, transparent, and timely.

I like to use technological tools to help me execute projects, from standard word processing, spreadsheet, and database software to task-specific open access programs, such as Open Journal Systems, the software I chose and configured to run *Transformative Works and Cultures.* I would be interested in exploring ways to use technology to help run the conference.

Dale Knickerbocker

I have been a member of the IAFA for sixteen years, and have attended the ICFA for fifteen of those. During this time, I’ve benefitted intellectually from this organization, and can credit many of my publications during this period to ideas learned and shared through the IAFA. I also owe many lasting relationships, both professional and personal, to the IAFA. For these reasons, I have accepted a nomination for the office of First Vice President with the desire to return some of the many benefits I’ve received through this service.

I currently am McMahon Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, where I have taught modern and contemporary Hispanic cultures and literatures—including Spanish-language fantasy and science fiction– for over two decades. I have published in many of the major venues in my field, including the Revista Hispánica Moderna, Anales de Literatura Española Contemporánea, the Hispanic Journal, Foundation, Extrapolation, and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. My current research interest is in apocalyptic narratives in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, and I have had the pleasure of guest-editing a special issue of Extrapolation on the topic of post-apocalyptic utopias and dystopias. I had the honor of serving as Head of the IAFA’s International Fantastic for six years, experience I would bring to the Vice President position if elected.  I am on the Editorial Board of the journals Extrapolation and Brumal, and am an Associate Editor of Alambique and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, as well as a Reviews Editor of the latter. I am sincerely grateful for the nomination, and thank the membership for considering my candidacy for this office.

Candidates for 2nd Vice President:

  • Karen Burnham

Role: The Second Vice-President oversees and develops the programming track of creative guests, maintaining a current e-mail list, contacting writers to solicit proposals, organizing sessions, and consulting with the First Vice-President to schedule the creative track. This Second Vice-President oversees the 10-minute Play Festival, including the following: advertising the award, organizing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The Second Vice-President is also responsbile for appointing someone to coordinate the directed readings of the winning plays. The First Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Karen Burnham

I began attending ICFA in 2007 at the behest of Gary K. Wolfe and Charles N. Brown of Locus Magazine. I’ve presented papers at each conference since then, and consider it my favorite literary event of the year. Since I started at ICFA, I have become much more involved in the overall genre literary community. I am currently an editor at Locus magazine, overseeing their Roundtable website section. I have been tapped to organize the academic track of programming at the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, and to help with the literary program at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

The role of the second vice president of IAFA focuses on the creative writing track of the conference. I believe I am well suited for this role based on my extensive contact with many writers on a number of fronts: socially at many cons, as participants of the discussion posts that I curate on the Locus website, and as an organizer of panels for other conventions. I review short fiction for venues such as Locus magazine and Strange Horizons, and I keep an eye out for up-and-coming younger writers who may enjoy ICFA and perhaps make valuable contributions to our community.  I’m looking forward to helping the creative writing side of the ICFA house grow and remain a vital part of our unique mix.

Candidates for Public Information Officer

  • Concetta Bommarito
  • Gerry Canavan
  • Stacie Hanes

Role: This officer edits and distributes promotional materials and forms publicity liaisons with other organizations where appropriate. The Public Information Coordinator maintains and regularly updates the website and weblog, creates and distributes information from the Board such as the Call for Papers and election material, and contributes photos and promotional copy to the IAFA website. The Public Information Coordinator takes Executive Board minutes, disseminates them, archives them, and makes them available for archival use. The Public Information Coordinator is the recorder of motions and amendments at official meetings. The Public Information Coordinator is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Concetta Bommarito

ICFA has been an important part of my scholarly and personal life since I first started attending in 2006. I have had invaluable feedback on my projects from the wonderful array of scholars and artists that attend and have had the privilege of meeting the most innovative and interesting people, many of which have become my dearest friends.

ICFA has been an amazing resource while I work on my PhD, and I want to give back to the conference as best I can. I have volunteered my time to registration and the bookroom when I am not greeting newcomers by the pool (you probably know me as that woman by the pool with the fedora and a smile on her face).

As Public Information Officer, I would be able to use my talents more effectively in contributing to the conference. I have strong social networking skills and experience setting up social media components for organizations. I would love to make the Facebook page more active and collaborative by introducing more discussions relevant to our members. I would also love to create a space where various members can submit photos, research, and collaboration ideas. I would also love to have stronger cross-promotional relations with other conferences including the various conferences hosted by the various divisions of the Popular Culture Association of America. Lastly, as a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida, I would like to extend a formal invitation to the scholars at this nearby institution and begin a working relationship.

Gerry Canavan

I’m an assistant professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, currently working on one book about science fiction and totality and another about the work of Octavia Butler. I’m also the co-editor of the forthcoming Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction (with Kim Stanley Robinson) and The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (with Eric Carl Link). Recent pieces from me have appeared in Extrapolation, Science Fiction Film and Television, Science Fiction Studies, and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.

In my spare time I’m an avid blogger and prolific Twitterer, and have previously served as web editor for Polygraph, the American Studies Association, the Institute for Critical Theory, and the Duke University Program in Literature. If selected for the post I’d like to spend my term as Public Information Officer building our organization’s online profile a bit, particularly on social media. Both Twitter and Facebook offer fresh opportunities for shared scholarship and networking that would have been unthinkable even five years ago; I hope to give IAFA a bigger presence on both sites both to amplify the signal from our annual meeting and so we have opportunities to continue our conversations after we all leave Orlando.

Stacie Hanes

I am familiar with the requirements of the position, and as a regular attendee and presenter at ICFA for the past eight years, I feel I also have a clear understanding of the organization, its history, and its goals.

I am also familiar with the board and its procedures.  I served on the IAFA executive board as Registrar for three years, and served for one year as a Division Head in the Visual and Performing Arts Division.

In terms of public information experience, I have written for both college and community newspapers, as well as writing press releases for Lakeland Community College, where I also served as news editor for the school newspaper and worked in the college’s Office of Public Relations.

Within the field of science fiction, fantasy and horror scholarship, I have published a number of book reviews in professional and scholarly venues, and have developed a number of professional contacts among writers, editors, and scholars, which I believe could be useful to a Public Information Officer.

I enjoyed my previous term working with colleagues on the board, and would look forward to helping to advance the organization in this new and quite different capacity.

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ICFA 34: Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences – Volunteer Survey

Interested in volunteering during ICFA 34? Please complete this interest and availability inventory and we’ll be in touch. Schedules should be distributed about a week before the conference. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Valorie Ebert, Volunteer Coordinator (vebert AT broward.edu) , or Brie Shannon, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT gmail.com). We look forward to seeing you in March!

Valorie & Brie

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Initial program draft now available!

We’re only two months away and now the draft version of the program is now available both with and without abstracts!

And don’t forget to vote by January 25th for the new board members!

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IAFA Election Ballot is here!!

Please click on the link to go to the election ballot; https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dER4T3RvX2ZVVncwblFXSVZaVm9fR1E6MQ#gid=0

Closing date: 25 January 2013.

Candidates:
President: Sydney Duncan
First Vice President: Dale Knickerbocker and Karen Hellekson
2nd Vice President: Karen Burnham
Public Information Officer: Concetta Bommarito; Gerry Canavan; Stacie Hanes

Candidates for President:

  • Sydney Duncan

Qualifications: The President should have served a term on the Board as either an elected or appointed officer

Role: The President is the chief executive officer, responsible for directing and coordinating all functions of the organization, including the annual conference, the quarterly journal, other sponsored publications, the Awards Program, and public relations of all kinds. The President sets the agenda for, and presides at, all meetings of the Executive Board and the annual Business meeting at the ICFA. The President is also the chief planning officer, responsible for setting agendas in all Association projects. The President oversees the work of the other officers, recruits special guests, seeks institutional support, confirms non-elected Board members, etc. The President is elected by majority vote of the membership of IAFA.

The President serves an additional three years as a voting member of the Board in the capacity of Immediate Past President in which capacity s/he is responsible for the organization of elections.

Sydney Duncan

I am running for president of the IAFA.  I’ve been a member of our organization for about 14 years now. I have served as a member of the board of directors for the last four years in an extended term as second vice-president.

While second vice-president, I have doubled conference attendance among creative guests. I have contacts not only in academe, but also in the professional author/editor/artist circles of the fantastic field, so my outreach has included the convention circuit as well as the academic conference circuit. For example, in summer 2013 I am co-chairing the Computers and Writing conference, which has a steampunk theme. I am also finishing up a term as a judge for the Philip K. Dick award. I have delivered a number of conference papers and published on topics such as the Wizard of Oz and Doctor Who.

I am a tenured associate professor serving as department chair in English, which is the largest department on my campus of about 5,000 students. I currently guide a department of 20 full-time faculty. I choose the word guide deliberately, for I believe strongly in a collaborative approach to decision-making. While a department chair handles administration, proposes policy and sets agendas, she also must listen carefully to the people she represents. As president of the IAFA, I will follow these same principles of administration.

The president of the IAFA works closely with other board members to ensure the health of our organization, and our strong board of directors is a wonderful asset. The IAFA board has a number of elected and appointed members who serve integral roles in the association and in conference organization. I have a deep commitment to the IAFA.  I get along well with everyone in the IAFA organizational structure, both past and present.  I have excellent working relationships with continuing members of the board, and I feel confident that I can build similarly strong connections with the newly-elected and appointed board members.

I hope the IAFA membership will give me serious consideration as a candidate for president. I look forward to more years of service to our organization.

Dr. Sydney Duncan, Department Chair
Associate Professor of English
Frostburg State University
sduncan@frostburg.edu
IAFA 2nd VP

Candidates for 1st Vice President:

  • Karen Hellekson
  • Dale Knickerbocker

Role: The First Vice-President coordinates the ICFA Program, overseeing the work of the Division Heads and scheduling paper sessions for the Annual Conference Program. The First Vice-President also consults with the President and Second Vice-President concerning appearances by special guests in panels, readings, and lectures, and with the Conference Chair about physical arrangements such as AV equipment, room assignments, etc. The First Vice-President substitutes for the President when necessary. The First Vice-President also oversees the IAFA Graduate Student Award, including the following: advertising the award, organizing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The First Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Karen Hellekson

I am seeking the office of First Vice President of IAFA because of my long-standing interest in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, as demonstrated by my continued engagement with the field as an independent scholar. I am a regular attendee of the conference and present work on sf literature and TV, and on fan studies.

My primary practical qualification for the post is my organization. I am very good at setting up and running projects. I have experience in programming: I put together the academic programming for the Science Fiction Research Association meeting in Kansas City a few years ago. I have twice coedited (for two nonconsecutive 3-year stints) the *SFRA Review,* which involves coordinating the work of several people and enforcing tight deadlines. I am founding coeditor of the online-only academic journal *Transformative Works and Cultures,* which launched in 2008 and which has come out on time for 11 issues. I have also successfully spearheaded several edited book projects, which involves juggling deadlines, contracts, and the work of multiple contributors.

Perhaps most importantly, I am responsive, transparent, and timely.

I like to use technological tools to help me execute projects, from standard word processing, spreadsheet, and database software to task-specific open access programs, such as Open Journal Systems, the software I chose and configured to run *Transformative Works and Cultures.* I would be interested in exploring ways to use technology to help run the conference.

Dale Knickerbocker

I have been a member of the IAFA for sixteen years, and have attended the ICFA for fifteen of those. During this time, I’ve benefitted intellectually from this organization, and can credit many of my publications during this period to ideas learned and shared through the IAFA. I also owe many lasting relationships, both professional and personal, to the IAFA. For these reasons, I have accepted a nomination for the office of First Vice President with the desire to return some of the many benefits I’ve received through this service.

I currently am McMahon Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, where I have taught modern and contemporary Hispanic cultures and literatures—including Spanish-language fantasy and science fiction– for over two decades. I have published in many of the major venues in my field, including the Revista Hispánica Moderna, Anales de Literatura Española Contemporánea, the Hispanic Journal, Foundation, Extrapolation, and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. My current research interest is in apocalyptic narratives in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, and I have had the pleasure of guest-editing a special issue of Extrapolation on the topic of post-apocalyptic utopias and dystopias. I had the honor of serving as Head of the IAFA’s International Fantastic for six years, experience I would bring to the Vice President position if elected.  I am on the Editorial Board of the journals Extrapolation and Brumal, and am an Associate Editor of Alambique and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, as well as a Reviews Editor of the latter. I am sincerely grateful for the nomination, and thank the membership for considering my candidacy for this office.

Candidates for 2nd Vice President:

  • Karen Burnham

Role: The Second Vice-President oversees and develops the programming track of creative guests, maintaining a current e-mail list, contacting writers to solicit proposals, organizing sessions, and consulting with the First Vice-President to schedule the creative track. This Second Vice-President oversees the 10-minute Play Festival, including the following: advertising the award, organizing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The Second Vice-President is also responsbile for appointing someone to coordinate the directed readings of the winning plays. The First Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Karen Burnham

I began attending ICFA in 2007 at the behest of Gary K. Wolfe and Charles N. Brown of Locus Magazine. I’ve presented papers at each conference since then, and consider it my favorite literary event of the year. Since I started at ICFA, I have become much more involved in the overall genre literary community. I am currently an editor at Locus magazine, overseeing their Roundtable website section. I have been tapped to organize the academic track of programming at the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, and to help with the literary program at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

The role of the second vice president of IAFA focuses on the creative writing track of the conference. I believe I am well suited for this role based on my extensive contact with many writers on a number of fronts: socially at many cons, as participants of the discussion posts that I curate on the Locus website, and as an organizer of panels for other conventions. I review short fiction for venues such as Locus magazine and Strange Horizons, and I keep an eye out for up-and-coming younger writers who may enjoy ICFA and perhaps make valuable contributions to our community.  I’m looking forward to helping the creative writing side of the ICFA house grow and remain a vital part of our unique mix.

Candidates for Public Information Officer

  • Concetta Bommarito
  • Gerry Canavan
  • Stacie Hanes

Role: This officer edits and distributes promotional materials and forms publicity liaisons with other organizations where appropriate. The Public Information Coordinator maintains and regularly updates the website and weblog, creates and distributes information from the Board such as the Call for Papers and election material, and contributes photos and promotional copy to the IAFA website. The Public Information Coordinator takes Executive Board minutes, disseminates them, archives them, and makes them available for archival use. The Public Information Coordinator is the recorder of motions and amendments at official meetings. The Public Information Coordinator is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Concetta Bommarito

ICFA has been an important part of my scholarly and personal life since I first started attending in 2006. I have had invaluable feedback on my projects from the wonderful array of scholars and artists that attend and have had the privilege of meeting the most innovative and interesting people, many of which have become my dearest friends.

ICFA has been an amazing resource while I work on my PhD, and I want to give back to the conference as best I can. I have volunteered my time to registration and the bookroom when I am not greeting newcomers by the pool (you probably know me as that woman by the pool with the fedora and a smile on her face).

As Public Information Officer, I would be able to use my talents more effectively in contributing to the conference. I have strong social networking skills and experience setting up social media components for organizations. I would love to make the Facebook page more active and collaborative by introducing more discussions relevant to our members. I would also love to create a space where various members can submit photos, research, and collaboration ideas. I would also love to have stronger cross-promotional relations with other conferences including the various conferences hosted by the various divisions of the Popular Culture Association of America. Lastly, as a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida, I would like to extend a formal invitation to the scholars at this nearby institution and begin a working relationship.

Gerry Canavan

I’m an assistant professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, currently working on one book about science fiction and totality and another about the work of Octavia Butler. I’m also the co-editor of the forthcoming Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction (with Kim Stanley Robinson) and The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction (with Eric Carl Link). Recent pieces from me have appeared in Extrapolation, Science Fiction Film and Television, Science Fiction Studies, and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.

In my spare time I’m an avid blogger and prolific Twitterer, and have previously served as web editor for Polygraph, the American Studies Association, the Institute for Critical Theory, and the Duke University Program in Literature. If selected for the post I’d like to spend my term as Public Information Officer building our organization’s online profile a bit, particularly on social media. Both Twitter and Facebook offer fresh opportunities for shared scholarship and networking that would have been unthinkable even five years ago; I hope to give IAFA a bigger presence on both sites both to amplify the signal from our annual meeting and so we have opportunities to continue our conversations after we all leave Orlando.

Stacie Hanes

I am familiar with the requirements of the position, and as a regular attendee and presenter at ICFA for the past eight years, I feel I also have a clear understanding of the organization, its history, and its goals.

I am also familiar with the board and its procedures.  I served on the IAFA executive board as Registrar for three years, and served for one year as a Division Head in the Visual and Performing Arts Division.

In terms of public information experience, I have written for both college and community newspapers, as well as writing press releases for Lakeland Community College, where I also served as news editor for the school newspaper and worked in the college’s Office of Public Relations.

Within the field of science fiction, fantasy and horror scholarship, I have published a number of book reviews in professional and scholarly venues, and have developed a number of professional contacts among writers, editors, and scholars, which I believe could be useful to a Public Information Officer.

I enjoyed my previous term working with colleagues on the board, and would look forward to helping to advance the organization in this new and quite different capacity.

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Call for Papers – 4th German Conference of the Association for Research in the Fantastic (Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung)

I wanted to wish you all a merry x-mas and a happy new year 2013. And in order to have a full and fantastic 2013, you should note down the 4th GFF conference taking place in Giessen, Germany in September. It is well worth the travel, so take a look … we have some pretty amazing keynotes lined-up as well, filled with some of our best and brightest from SFRA and IAFA, so do come … more info to follow.

Call for Papers
Writing Worlds

Models of World and Space in the Fantastic Fourth annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V.[Association forResearch in the Fantastic] at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen 26th-29th of September, 2013

Writing Worlds and Writing Worlds – one of the main characteristics of the Fantastic is its ability to create multiple possible worlds in its divers medial expressions such as literature, film, games or the visual arts. In these worlds, the representation of space serves as much as genre indicator as does the set of characters. The fourth annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung e.V. [Association for Research in the Fantastic] will be focused on world/space constructions and their relevance for the Fantastic. This implicates dealing with the whole spectrum of theory and analysis of fantastic world models and the relation and semantics of fantastic spaces.

Beside genre definitions like Tzvetan Todorov’s ‘uncertainty’, Roger Caillois’ ‘infraction of natural laws’ or Uwe Durst’s ‘conflicting textual systems of reality’, it seems that fantastic world constructions are likewise suitable to categorize the steadily growing and developing amount of fantastic texts: Medieval worlds, alien planets with their own natural laws or fantastic spaces hidden underneath, behind or within the present show in how many ways the Fantastic may conceptualize ‘space’ and ‘world’ and how difficult it is to make global statements about ‘the Fantastic’ as such. In imitation of Nietzsche, one might ask in view of the ‘Possible-Worlds Theory’, ‘So many worlds, and how many new ones are still possible!’

Apart from the representations of fictional worlds as a potential basis for genre definitions, there will be room to discuss the cultural implications of space which, in the Fantastic, is often linked to the topos of the hero’s journey. Beside Niels Werber’s geopolitical approach and Yuri Lotman’s considerations of the border as topological cultural model, the Fantastic supplies literary research with a testing ground for terms like globalization, transnationality, or multiculturalism.

In addition, some fantastic world constructions are characterized by their specific references to reality and have a considerable potential for social criticism. Especially by using the semantics of world and space, Utopias and Dystopias may initiate or contribute to discussions about current issues. Even gender studies cannot ignore the impact of gendered spaces in the Fantastic for the construction of gender roles. Another aspect of the conference might be the changing relationship between the underworld and the world above, when the dead or the undead attend ordinary high schools, work in ordinary jobs and are to be met at the local pub in their spare time. Thus, the question remains open whether death still has or even needs a space beyond a ‘final frontier’ that is reserved especially for this taboo topic.

The approaches proposed here are only a fraction of the questions that may be discussed at the conference, or even starting points for new theories – again imitating Nietzsche, ‘And how many new questions are still possible!” Additionally, there will be the possibilty to discuss other topics of the fantastic in an open track.

The GfF offers two travel grants of 250€ each for postgraduate or undergraduate students who hand in an outstanding abstract and are not entitled to funding from any other source. If you would like to apply for such a grant, please notify us in your biographical information.

If we have raised your interest, please feel welcome to send us a 350-words abstract of your projected 20-minute paper in German or English, including your contact details and some short biographical information via E-Mail (gff2013@ggk.uni-giessen.de) by December 31st, 2012.

Organization of the conference:
Annette Simonis, Laura Muth, Pascal Klenke, Klaudia Seibel, in cooperation with the Section 10 – Phantastische Welten of the Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften and the Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar.

Contact:
Pascal Klenke, Laura Muth, Klaudia Seibel Speakers of Sektion 10 – Phantastische Welten Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, D-35394 Gießen

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CFP: Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC)

In response to a number of requests, and taking into consideration this busy time of year, the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be accepting proposals for our third annual conference into the New Year. The revised and final deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013.

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CFP 2013 World Science Fiction Convention

LoneStarCon 3 – Call for Papers
71st World Science Fiction Convention
August 29 ‐ September 2, 2013
San Antonio, Texas

http://lonestarcon3.org/

Guests of Honor:
Ellen Datlow
James Gunn
Willie Siros
Norman Spinrad
Darrell K. Sweet
Leslie Fish
Joe R. Lansdale

The academic track of the 2013 WorldCon is soliciting papers on all topics related to the science fiction and fantasy genres. We especially encourage papers related to the work of the guests of honor (listed above). Work on Steampunk, Old West/frontier themes, and Spanish language sf is also appreciated. Science fiction has long benefitted from works of criticism and scholarship from those outside the academy, a tradition that GoH Dr. James Gunn helped encourage. Paper proposals from both academics and non‐academics (fans) are welcome.

Paper proposals must include a 300-500 word abstract and appropriate bibliography. Proposals are due by December 31 2012, and participants will be notified by February 1, 2013 if their paper is accepted. All participants must be members of the convention. They will deliver a 15 minute reading of their paper as part of a panel, followed by a Q&A. Attendees may present only one paper at WorldCon, so please, no multiple submissions. All submissions (and any questions) should be sent to the head of the academic track:

Karen Burnham (academic@texas.lonestarcon3.org)

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Call for Nominations for Board Positions

Call for nominations.

The following positions are open for election.

  • President
  • First Vice President
  • Second Vice President
  • Public Information Officer

Schedule.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 7th December.

You may nominate yourself, or be nominated by others. Nominations will be confirmed and nominees requested to send in a statement for circulation by December 14th.

All position are for three years. Officers may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in the same role.

The electronic ballot will open on 21st December and close on 25th January

The Election Committee will count the ballots immediately after the 25th January deadline, and if no candidate has a clear majority (51% or more), a run-off election will be held between the two candidates who have received the most votes. The run-off election will be conducted promptly, with appropriate announcements, and with ballots being distributed by 10 February, and with a final vote deadline of 1 March of the election year.

The Election Committee will announce results of the election at the IAFA business meeting during the annual conference of the election year, with additional announcements in appropriate IAFA venues thereafter.

Positions open for election.

President:

Qualifications: The President should have served a term on the Board as either an elected or appointed officer

Role: The President is the chief executive officer, responsible for directing and coordinating all functions of the organization, including the annual conference, the quarterly journal, other sponsored publications, the Awards Program, and public relations of all kinds. The President sets the agenda for, and presides at, all meetings of the Executive Board and the annual Business meeting at the ICFA. The President is also the chief planning officer, responsible for setting agendas in all Association projects. The President oversees the work of the other officers, recruits special guests, seeks institutional support, confirms non-elected Board members, etc. The President is elected by majority vote of the membership of IAFA.

The President serves an additional three years as a voting member of the Board in the capacity of Immediate Past President in which capacity s/he is responsible for the organization of elections.

First Vice President:

Role: The First Vice-President coordinates the ICFA Program, overseeing the work of the Division Heads and scheduling paper sessions, and the Annual Conference Program. The First Vice-President also consults with the President concerning appearances by special guests in panels, readings, and lectures, and with the Conference Chair about physical arrangements such as AV equipment, room assignments, etc. The First Vice-President substitutes for the President when necessary. The First Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Send Vice President:

Role: The Second Vice-President oversees and develops the programming track of published creative writers, maintaining a current email list, contacting writers to solicit proposals, organizing sessions, and consulting with the First Vice-President to schedule the creative track. The Second Vice-President also oversees the IAFA Graduate Student Award including: advertising the award, organizing and chairing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The Second Vice-President is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

Public Information Officer:

Role: This officer edits and distributes promotional materials and forms publicity liaisons with other organizations where appropriate. The Public Information Coordinator maintains and regularly updates the website and weblog, creates and distributes information from the Board such as the Call for Papers and election material, and contributes photos and promotional copy to the IAFA website. The Public Information Coordinator takes Executive Board minutes, disseminates them, archives them, and makes them available for archival use. The Public Information Coordinator is the recorder of motions and amendments at official meetings. The Public Information Coordinator is elected by majority vote of the membership of the IAFA.

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PCA Pulp Studies (second call)

Please see below the CFP for the Pulp Studies area of the PCA/ACA.  As many of our sessions tend to focus on pulps in the fantastic, I hope that members of the IAFA and SFRA will submit proposals.  Please note that the deadline was moved back this year from December 15 to November 30.

If you are so inclined, please also join the Pulp Studies listserv.  You may email me directly to request that I add you to the list or may submit a request via the Pulp Studies site listed in the call below.  I am continuing to add to the bibliography as quickly as I can review submissions, so please let me know about any works you think should be included.  I also welcome CFPs to post in pulp-related areas.

Call for Proposals
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Pulp Studies Area
Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference
Washington, DC
March 27-30 2013

Pulp magazines were a series of mostly English-language, predominantly American, magazines printed on rough pulp paper.  They were often illustrated with highly stylized, full-page cover art and numerous line art illustrations of the fictional content.  They were sold for modest sums, and were targeted at (sometimes specialized) readerships of popular literature, such as western and adventure, detective, fantastic (including the evolving genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror), romance and sports fiction. The first pulp Argosy, began life as the children’s magazine The Golden Argosy, dated Dec 2, 1882 and the last of the “original” pulps was Ranch Romances and Adventures, Nov. 1971.

The Pulp Studies area exists to support the academic study of pulp writers, editors, readers, and culture.  It seeks to invigorate research by bringing together scholars from diverse areas including romance, western, science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure, detective, and more.  Finally, the Pulp Studies area seeks to promote the preservation of the pulps through communication with libraries, museums, and collectors.

With this in mind, we are calling for papers and panels that discuss the pulps and their legacy.  Suggested authors and topics:

  • Magazines:  Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Wonder Stories, Fight Stories, All-Story, Argosy, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spicy Detective, Ranch Romances and Adventures, Oriental Stories/Magic Carpet Magazine, Love Story, Flying Aces, Black Mask, and Unknown, to name a few.
  • Editors and Owners:  Street and Smith (Argosy), Farnsworth Wright (Weird Tales), Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories), Mencken and Nathan (Black Mask), John Campbell (Astounding).
  • Influential Writers:  H.P. Lovecraft, A. E. Merritt, Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Donald Wandrei, Clark Ashton Smith, and Henry Kuttner.  Proposals about contemporary writers in the pulp tradition, such as Joe Lansdale and Michael Chabon are also encouraged.  New Weird writers and others, such as China Mieville, whose work is influenced by the pulps, are also of interest.
  • Influences on Pulp Writers:  Robert Bloch, H. Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and Edgar Rice Burroughs were all influences, along with literary and philosophical figures such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Allen Poe, and Herbert Spencer.
  • Popular CharactersConan of Cimmeria; Doc Savage; Solomon Kane; Buck Rogers; Northwest Smith; The Domino Lady; Jiril of Jiory; Zorro; Kull of Atlantis; El Borak; The Shadow; The Spider; Bran Mak Morn; Nick Carter; The Avenger; and Captain Future, among others.  Also character types: the femme fatale, the he-man, the trickster, racism and villainy (such as Charles Middleton’s Ming the Merciless), and more.
  • ArtistsPopular cover artists including Margaret Brundage (Weird Tales), Frank R. Paul (Amazing Stories), Virgil Finlay (Weird Tales), and Edd Cartier (The Shadow, Astounding).
  • PeriodsThe dime novels; Argosy and the ancestral pulps; Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and the heyday of the pulps; the decline of the pulps in the 50s and 60s; pulps in the age of the Internet.
  • Theme and StylesMasculinity, femininity, and sex as related to the heroic in the pulps; the savage as hero, the woman as hero, the trickster as hero, etc.
  • Film, Television and Graphic ArtsPulps in film, television, comics, graphic novels and other forms are especially encouraged.  Possible topics could include film interpretations such as Conan the Barbarian, comic book incarnations of pulp magazines and series; “new weird” reinventions of the pulps such as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen; fan films; and newer productions, including the recently released Solomon Kane and Conan.
  • Cyberculture:  Cyberpulps such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies and pulp-influenced games such as the Age of Conan MMORPG or the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.

These are but suggestions for potential panels and presentations.  Proposals on other topics are welcome.

For general information on the Pulp Studies area, please visit our website:  http://pulpstudies.weebly.com/

Final Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012

  • When submitting your paper, abstract, proposal, or panel please include your name, affiliation, and email address. For those submitting a panel, include the name, affiliation, and email address for each participant and note who will be the principle contact and panel chair.
  • Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length.
  • Indicate if presentation media is required.  Projectors will be present in most locations, but presenters must supply their own computers.
  • A preliminary version of the schedule will usually be posted on our website in January.  Due to the number of panels and participants, we are unable to accommodate individual scheduling requests.  We encourage participants to come for the entire conference.  The final version of the schedule will be distributed in hard copy at the conference with addendums if needed. For privacy reasons we do not publish email addresses in the online version of the program.
  • Only one paper is accepted from the same presenting author. All presenters, including invited panel speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the conference registration fee. If you need an early confirmation for visa or budgetary reasons, please indicate this in your submission.

How to Submit Proposals:  Submit proposals by December 15 through the following website:  http://ncp.pcaaca.org/

Note:  Only papers submitted through the website will appear in the conference program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Pulp Studies area coordinator:

Justin Everett
University of the Sciences
j.everet@usciences.edu

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