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UPDATE: Gender and Sexuality in the Fantastic (11/30/06; 3/14/07-3/18/07)
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The International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts announces updated information about its upcoming conference on gender and sexuality in all forms of the fantastic: Guest Scholar will be Jane Donawerth (details below).
Representing Self and Other: Gender and Sexuality in the Fantastic
The focus of ICFA-28 is on issues of gender and sexuality, long a concern of the fantastic in literature, film, and other media. Given the oft-marginalized status of science fiction and fantasy in relation to mainstream literature and culture, itï¿½s not surprising to see fantastic works considered in the light of queer theory and feminist approaches. The hero doesnï¿½t have to be a guy, but itï¿½s just as rewarding to examine the construction of the masculine hero in space opera, sword-and-sorcery, and superhero comics. In graphic novels, book cover illustrations, and art, the gendered Other is the BEM, the elf, the alien, the vampire. Awards such as the Tiptree and the Lambda, and the success of WisCon, speak to the importance of this theme to the communities of the fantastic.
We look forward to papers on the work of this yearï¿½s guests:
Guest of Honor Geoff Ryman, author of the Tiptree Award-winning Air as well as Was; The Child Garden, winner of the Campbell Award; The Unconquered Country, winner of the World Fantasy Award; The Warrior Who Carried Life.
Guest Scholar Jane Donawerth, author of Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction and co-editor of Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference.
Special Guest Writer Melissa Scott, winner of the Lambda Award, author of Trouble and her Friends; The Kindly Ones, Dreaming Metal, and with Lisa Barnett, Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams.
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:
ï¿½ Childhood in Geoff Rymanï¿½s works
A more complete list of suggested topics, frequently updated, is available on the website.
As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media, even outside the conference theme.
Submit 500 word abstracts for proposals and panel sessions, including contact information and A/V requests, to the appropriate Division Head (full mailing information is available on the website):
(CYA) Fantastic in Childrenï¿½s & Young Adult Literature & Art: Joe Sutliff Sanders, dr.joess_at_gmail.com
(FE) Fantastic Literatures in English: Charles W. Nelson, cwnelson_at_mtu.edu
(FM) Fantastic in Film & Media: Susan A. George, sageorge13_at_sbcglobal.net
(CC) Communities & Culture in the Fantastic: Barbara Lucas, barbedwriting_at_yahoo.com
(VPA) Visual & Performing Arts in the Fantastic: Stacie Hanes, shanes1_at_kent.edu
(H) Horror: Stephanie Moss, smoss_at_cas.usf.edu
(IF) International Fantastic Literature: Dale Knickerbocker, knickerbockerd_at_mail.ecu.edu
(SF) Science Fiction Literature & Theory, svint_at_stfx.ca
The deadline for submission of proposals for papers or panels is November 30, 2006, although Division Heads will accept proposals at any time before that date.
You can review all conference information at the IAFA website: www.iafa.org. Bookmark the site to keep checking back for updates.