ICFA 36 "The Scientific Imagination" Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art Division

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The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
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36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

The Scientific Imagination
March 18-22, 2015
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31

The Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art Division of the ICFA welcomes papers on any aspect of the scientific imagination, broadly defined, in Literature, Art, Drama, Film, and Popular Media. Join us as we explore the possibilities and intersections of science and imagination—from Faust and Frankenstein, through the Golden Age and the New Wave, to steampunk and mash-ups—in all their guises, including fiction, film, television, music, theater, comics, visual art, and social media. Papers might explore topics such as rationalism vs. belief, science for good and ill, alternate and speculative technologies and biologies, futurism, imaginary sciences, time travel, and the tensions inherent in discovery, among other topics. We welcome papers on the work of our guests: Guest of Honor James Morrow (winner of the Sturgeon Award, the World Fantasy Award, and two Nebula Awards), Guest of Honor Joan Slonczewski (winner of two Campbell Awards), and Guest Scholar Colin Milburn (author of Nanovision: Engineering the Future).

This division is interested in papers that focus on imagination in works for children, adolescents, teens, and/or young adults, as well as papers on the scientific imagination in childhood itself. We also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.

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

For more information on the IAFA and its conference, the ICFA, and this division, contact Rodney Fierce (CYA Division Head) at rdfierce@gmail.com or visit the organization's website http://iafa.highpoint.edu.

Our submissions portal, will open Sep. 15 to receive proposals!