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The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts: Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences
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International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
When the French first translated Dante, the Italians responded with the now-common saying, “traduttore, traditore” (translator, traitor). Today, many view adaptation with similar distrust—a modern version of the Italian aphorism might be “adapter, adulterer”—but recent adaptation studies tend to concern themselves less with issues of fidelity and more with questions of quality. Texts and their adaptations engage in an epistemic dialogue with one another, revealing the reciprocally intertextual nature of their relationship. Transformed texts are like the children of their literary forbears, and the care with which they are crafted might make “adapter, adopter” a more appropriate description of the adapter’s role.
ICFA 34 will explore the ubiquity of adaptation in all its Fantastic forms. Conference papers might consider specific adaptations, adaptation theory, translation, elision and interpolation, postmodern pastiche, transformation and metafictionality, plagiarism and homage, audience and adaptation, franchise fiction, or the recent resurgence of reboots, retcons, remakes, and reimaginings.
Guests of Honor: Neil Gaiman and Kij Johnson
We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. The Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art Division is particularly interested in papers on all aspects of the fantastic in literature aimed at younger readers, including picture books, middle-grade and young adult texts, and graphic novels.
Paper proposals must consist of a 500-word proposal accompanied by an appropriate bibliography, and a 300-word abstract. Please send them to the appropriate Division Head below. Please see our website at www.iafa.org for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference.
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2012, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Film and Television
Science Fiction Literature
Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences