CFP: The Ridiculously Violent in Science Fiction (10/30/10; ICFA 32 3/16/11-3/20/11)

full name / name of organization: 
Andrew Ferguson / University of Virginia
contact email: 

Participants are being sought for a paper session on violence considered or depicted as ridiculous, for the 32nd annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

Possible topics include slapstick, gallows humor, spatterpunk/gore, gleeful dismemberment, Grand Guignol, or any other form of over-the-top grotesquerie or violence taken to a ridiculous extreme (in keeping with the conference theme, The Ridiculous in the Fantastic) in science-fiction literature, television, cinema, graphic narrative, or any other medium.

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 (you can also sign up for the listserv there).

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract 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.

Andrew Ferguson
University of Virginia
219 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904

The deadline for receipt of submissions is October 30, 2010. However, proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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