CFP: International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2013.

Posted by Dale Townshend on September 03, 2012 in News tagged with ,

The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences

March 20-24, 2013

Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

When the French first translated Dante, the Italians responded with the now-common saying, “traduttore, traditore” (translator, traitor). Today, many view adaptation with similar distrust—a modern version of the Italian aphorism might be “adapter, adulterer”—but recent adaptation studies tend to concern themselves less with issues of fidelity and more with questions of quality. Texts and their adaptations engage in an epistemic dialogue with one another, revealing the reciprocally intertextual nature of their relationship. Transformed texts are like the children of their literary forbears, and the care with which they are crafted might make “adapter, adopter” a more appropriate description of the adapter’s role.

ICFA 34 will explore the ubiquity of adaptation in all its Fantastic forms. In addition to essays examining our Guests’ work, conference papers might consider specific adaptations, adaptation theory, translation, elision and interpolation, postmodern pastiche, transformation and metafictionality, plagiarism and homage, audience and adaptation, franchise fiction, or the recent resurgence of reboots, retcons, remakes, and reimaginings. Panels might discuss the intersection of fantasy and adaptation, the question of fidelity, the relationship between adaptive creation and target audiences, the impact of fan fiction, the popular reception of adapted classics, the perils of translation, or the challenges of adaptation and multiple media. If everything must adapt or die, then join us in Orlando and put off death for another year.

Guest of Honor

Neil Gaiman

Guest of Honor

Kij Johnson

Guest Scholar

Constance Penley

More information at

Submission Guidelines

We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. Please see our website at for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference. Paper proposals must consist of a 500-word proposal accompanied by an appropriate bibliography, and a 300-word abstract. Please send them to the appropriate Division Head below.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012. Participants will be notified by

November 15, 2012, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (


Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art (CYA):

Alaine Martaus <>

For papers on all aspects of the fantastic in literature aimed at younger readers,

including picture books, middle-grade and young adult texts, and graphic novels.

Fantasy Literature (F):

Stefan Ekman <>

For papers on all aspects of fantasy literature (broadly defined to mean anything from genre fantasy to magic realism and folk tales).

Film and Television (FTV):

Kyle Bishop<>

For papers on all aspects of the fantastic in cinema and television.

Horror Literature (H):

Rhonda Brock-Servais <>

For papers on any aspect of horror literature including the gothic, physical horror, psychological horror, archetypes, and the supernatural.

International Fantastic (IF):

Rachel Haywood Ferreira <>

For papers on all aspects of the international fantastic in all media.

In this context “international” means either non-anglophone or originating in a culture considered/considering itself as foreign within the anglophone world; this may include minority literatures within an anglophone country.

Science Fiction Literature (SF):

David M. Higgins <>

For papers on topics related to science fiction novels, short stories, and poems, and on critical theory related to the SF genre.

Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences (VPAA):

Isabella van Elferen <>

For papers on all aspects of fan culture, transformative works (both fan and professional),

audience/reception studies, and visual media, both new and traditional, including video games, comic books, drama, dance, music painting, photography, and digital art.

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