CFP: [Theatre] Visual & Performing Arts submissions for ICFA-29

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Stefan Hall
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The 29th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Delightful Horror and the Sense of Wonder: Appreciating the Sublime in the
March 19-23, 2008
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Orlando, Florida

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS (live drama, music, dance, sculpture, body art,
and photography and digital imagery). Division Head: Stefan Hall, Bowling
Green State University, Dept. of Theatre and Film, 338 South Hall, Bowling
Green, OH, 43403-0180 (email:

The focus of ICFA-29 is on the relationship between the sense of wonder
embodied by the sublime and the fantastic in literature, film, and other
media. The sheer magnitude of the universe gives rise to the amazing, the
astonishing, the astounding, the thrilling, and the wondrous. Edmund Burke
argued it is “infinity [that] has a tendency to fill the mind with that
sort of delightful horror which is the most genuine effect and truest test
of the sublime.” It then should come as no surprise that the sublime has
been a mainstay in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other related
fantastic modes. Papers are invited that explore this topic. In addition,
we especially look forward to papers on the work of our guests:

Guest of Honor: Vernor Vinge (“The Technological Singularity”; A Fire Upon
the Deep)

Guest of Honor: Greer Ilene Gilman (Moonwise, winner of IAFA's Crawford Award)

Guest Scholar: Roger Luckhurst (The Trauma Paradigm and Science Fiction)

As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic
sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent
scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English,
graduate students, and undergraduate students.

The Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for an Essay Not in English is open to all
members of the IAFA. The IAFA Graduate Student Award is open to all
graduate students presenting papers at the year’s conference.

Submission Guidelines

In order to be considered for the 2008 program, your proposal to (1) read a
paper, (2) recruit and chair a paper session, or (3) organize and chair a
panel discussion should be date-stamped no later than October 31, 2007
(please note new date); electronic correspondence is welcome. Proposals
must be sent to the appropriate Division Head. Advise the Division Head if
you would like to volunteer to chair a paper session. Proposals must
include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the
project's scholarly or theoretical context. Presenters must be members of
IAFA at the time of the conference. Be sure to indicate all audio-visual
equipment needs in this initial proposal; later A/V requests cannot be

Additional Divisions include: FANTASTIC IN FILM & MEDIA (television,
video, and film), FANTASTIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH (British, American and
Commonwealth literature), COMMUNITIES & CULTURE IN THE FANTASTIC (fan
fiction, comics/graphic novels, filking, conventions, hypertexts, viral
marketing, RPGs), HORROR LITERATURE (mainstream and popular literature,
including literary traditions, aesthetics, psychological constructs),
INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC LITERATURE (international and comparative
literature), and SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE & THEORY (science fiction
literature, history, and theory).

Look for More Information and Updates at the IAFA website:

[We realize that the conference dates for 2008 fall on Easter weekend; this
is a one-time scheduling issue that resulted from moving the conference to
Orlando (future conferences will not be scheduled over Easter weekend).]

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