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The 32nd Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Theme: The Fantastic Ridiculous
Division of Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art

Guest of Honor: Connie Willis
Guest of Honor: Terry Bisson
Guest Scholar: Andrea Hairston
Special Guest Emeritis: Brian Aldiss

The 2011 ICFA welcomes paper proposals on all areas of the fantastic (including high fantasy, allegory, science fiction, horror, folk tales and other traditional literatures, magical realism, the supernatural, and the gothic) in all media (novels, short stories, drama, television, comic books, film, and others).

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art division accepts critical scholarship papers that focus on literature aimed at younger readers. This includes picture books as well as middle-grade and young adult novels, short stories, and graphic novels that involve fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, science fiction, and any other aspect of the fantastic. We embrace a wide variety of scholarly approaches and interests, including genre, historical, theoretical, and textual models. We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, and graduate students.

The conference will run March 16-20, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.

Please submit a proposal that includes a 250-word abstract and bibliography directly to the division head, Amie Rose Rotruck, at Abstracts should be turned in by October 31, 2010.

The conference encourages graduate student participation and gives an award for outstanding paper by a graduate student each year.

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CFP – The Fantastic Ridiculous