CFP: The Funny (and Unfunny) in Fandom (10/31/10; ICFA, 3/16/11 – 3/20/11)

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International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
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Participants are being sought for paper sessions or discussion panels on The Funny (and Unfunny) in Fandom for the 32nd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 32 is on the humorous and ridiculous in the fantastic, and while papers relating to this theme are welcome, proposals on any topics related to this call will be equally welcome. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 16 - 20, 2011 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are Connie Willis and Terry Bisson, and the Guest Scholar is Andrea Hairston. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

Parody fics and communities
"Wank" communities
Crack fic / Bad fic
Humor as criticism/humor as attack
The ritualization of humor, mockery, and sarcasm in fandom

In order to be considered for the 2011 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, 2010; electronic correspondence is preferred. You may not submit proposals to more than one Division. Proposals must include a 500-word abstract and appropriate bibliography indicating the project's scholarly or theoretical context. Be sure to include current/working contact information (snail mail AND email addresses). 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 guaranteed.

Barbara Lucas, Division Head
Participatory and Convergence Studies in the Fantastic
5925 Cabot Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2010. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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

Please feel free to forward this call to other listservs, organizations, and individuals who might be interested.