(2/21/02 3:46:49 pm)
| Other conferences...|
Not fairy tale and not WisCon, but another sf/f conference: Jul 12-14 Readercon 14 in Burlington, MA. I just checked the past conferences, and it looks like past attendees have included Heinz Insu Fenkl, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Kelly Link, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Nalo Hopkinson, Connie Hirsch, Ellen Datlow (who I think was guest of honor one year), Cecilia Tan, just to name a few. Looks like they are still considering panels and candidates, for those who may be interested:
Comments, criticisms, ideas for guests, panels or discussions or
special presentations, or things we should try to provide at the
con, etc., from fans and pros alike: e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
or use pony-equivalent express to our post office box. www.readercon.org
I'm also looking into getting more info on next year's Boskone for
those interested. Boskone 40 will be February 14-16, 2003 at the
Sheraton Boston is all I know so far. www.nesfa.org/boskone/
(2/22/02 11:24:12 am)
| Re: Other conferences...|
Readercon is a terrific convention attracting the more literature-oriented elements of sf and fantasy fandom. If you were going to pick a convention to attend, it should rank fairly high on your list.
(2/22/02 1:14:04 pm)
The World Fantasy Convention has some of the same dynamics at work. I wish I could make it there more often.
(2/24/02 1:09:03 pm)
| Just heard. . .|
Call for Papers
"Contemporary Fantasy and Ideologies of Power"
CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE: The University of Iowa's 2nd Annual
Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing in the Academy, April 12-14, 2002
This panel will consider the cultural implications of contemporary
fantastic literature. How are issues of social control or reform dealt
with through fantasy? Are genre fantasy and the fantastic doing the same
thing? What underpinning assumptions shape the genre, and how do individual
texts typify or work against them? In what ways does fantasy or the
fantastic engage with modernity? More broadly, does genre or popular
fiction provide a possibility for free thought-and how does the market
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Fairy tales, genre fantasy, magical realism, horror, film, or poetry
* The development of fantasy as a genre
* The role of genre criticism in the academy
* Ecopolitics and fantastic landscapes
* The ideology of feudalism
* Fantasy and the bildungsroman, or the growth of the individual
* Magical realism and its subversive or conservative possibilities
* The relationship(s) between religion, fantasy, and/or the religious right
* The rhetoric of fantasy in contemporary politics
Please submit abstracts by March 8, 2002 to:
Department of English
308 English-Philosophy Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.
For more information about the CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE conference, please
visit our website at www.uiowa.edu/~c3conf.
(2/24/02 4:49:26 pm)
| Re: Just heard. . .|
Thanks for the heads up, this sounds fascinating. I think that I will most certainly send in a submission (the Donkeyskin paper that was posted on the Endicott site perhaps?). Visiting the board reminds me of why I love this field so much - I just got back from out of town to find a rejection from the University of Minnesota (mailed on Valentine's Day, no less), so it looks like my hopes of working with Jack Zipes have been dashed. This reassures me that there is plenty of work to be done at other institutions ...