CFP: Commerce, Collecting, and Commercialism in the Fantastic (10/31/11; ICFA, 3/21/12 – 3/25/12)

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International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
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Participants are being sought for paper sessions on Commerce, Collecting, and Commercialism in the Fantastic for the 33rd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The focus of ICFA 33 is on the Monstrous and the Fantastic and will explore the many creative and cultural constructions of monstrosity in the arts from monsters of ancient times to monsters of the present and future. 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 21 - 25, 2012 at the Orlando Marriott Airport Hotel. Guests of Honor are China Mieville and Kelly Link, and the Guest Scholar is Jeffrey J. Cohen. For more information and updates about the conference, please visit

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

Interaction between corporate entities and communities of consumers
Barter/trading systems versus cash exchange economies
Collecting and memorabilia
Collectible card gaming
Non-traditional means of publicity (e.g, Internet-only trailers, book trailers, writers' blogs, Twitter, etc.)
The role of "fictional" blogs and websites (corporate-run behind the scenes)

In order to be considered for the 2012 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, 2011; electronic correspondence is preferred. Please note that attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions.

Proposals must include a 300-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, 2011. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2011, if they are accepted to the conference.

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

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