ICFA 37: "Wonder Tales" 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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37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Wonder Tales
March 16-20, 2016
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Deadline: October 31

The Children's and Young Adult Division (CYA) of ICFA welcomes papers for the 37th annual conference, when our theme will be "Wonder Tales." Folklorists often use this term to refer to the stories commonly known as "fairy tales" due to the genre's emphasis on the marvelous and its invocation of wonder, but what is wonder and where can it be found? Many events, characters, or objects generate a response of wonder—transformations and resurrections— but wonder also may be generated in technological advances and from the "sense of wonder" in science fiction.

Papers might explore wonder tales and their modern incarnations, readers' responses of wonder to fantastic texts, uses of wonder within fantastic texts, how wonder is invoked across mediums and genres, and the relationship between wondering (marveling) and wondering (questioning).We welcome papers on the work of our guests: Guest of Honor Terri Windling (author and editor, winner of nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Solstice Award), Guest of Honor Holly Black (author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, and winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in Children's Literature and a Newberry Honor book for Doll Bones), and Guest Scholar Cristina Bacchilega (author of Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies and Fairy Tales Transformed: 21st-Century Adaptations and the Politics of Wonder). We also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.

The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2015. 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 CYA division, see http://www.fantastic-arts.org/ or contact Rodney Fierce (CYA Division Head) at rdfierce@gmail.com. To contact the Division Heads for help with submissions, go to http://www.fantastic-arts.org/annual-conference/division-heads.

The Submissions Portal opens on September 15! To submit a proposal, go to http://www.fantastic-arts.org/icfa-submissions/.