CFP: Children's Literature and Fantasy (11/30/06; 3/14/07-3/18/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Joe Sutliff Sanders
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*March 14-18, 2007 *

Wyndham Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel

The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) has a
special division for the literature of children and young adults. Please
consider submitting a proposal on any text (print, multi-media, painting,
film, etc.) intended for children and written in the broad mode of the
fantastic (including magical realism, high fantasy, science fiction,
cyberpunk, ghost stories, folk tales and other traditional literatures,

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, it's not surprising to see fantastic
works considered in the light of queer theory and feminist approaches.
Fighting females show that the hero doesn't have to be a guy, but it's 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 Guest of Honor
Geoff Ryman, author of the Tiptree Award-winning *Air*; Guest Scholar Marina
Warner; and Special Guest Writer Melissa Scott, winner of the Lambda Award.
As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic
sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. * *


In order to be considered for the 2007 program, your proposal to (1) read a
paper, (2) recruit and chair a paper session, or (3) organize and chair a
panel discussion must be date-stamped no later than *November 30, 2006*;
electronic correspondence is welcome. Proposals must be sent to the
appropriate Division Head (addresses below). 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 guaranteed*.**

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*[All aspects of the fantastic in work aimed at children and young adults].
Division Head: Joe Sutliff Sanders, Dept. of English & Philosophy, Hearnes
Hall Room 300, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO 64801 (

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