The IAFA Student Caucus (SCIAFA)
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
- Student caucus
The IAFA Student Caucus
The official student group within the IAFA is open to graduate, as well as undergraduate students. The caucus, SCIAFA for short, sponsors a mentor program (see below), a panel (see below), and social activities at ICFA.
Mentor Program: The Joint SCIAFA/IAFA Mentoring Program is aimed at helping student scholars to find their way around the ICFA, discover the natural friendliness of the conference as quickly as possible, use the ICFA as an entrance into existing scholarly communities concerned with the fantastic, and leave with fond memories of the supporting organization and plans to return.
IAFA David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award: (formally the Graduate Student Award) One award is presented to the student who has submitted the best paper to the IAFA Emerging Scholar Award Judges. The paper selected will be published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Please note that acceptance of a paper for the Conference does not guarantee an award. You can find more information about the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award here.
Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award) The $500 award will go to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student. The winner will be invited to the IAFA annual Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL, and the winning story will be considered for publication in Asimov’s science fiction magazine. Information is available here.
SCIAFA ICFA Panel: Each ICFA during the annual SCIAFA meeting, IAFA student attendees are asked for input on a pragmatic panel they would like to see for students at the next ICFA. Past panels have included such topics as “How to Publish a Paper,” “Applying for Graduate Schools,” and “Getting a Job.” If you have suggestions for next year’s panel please contact the current SCIAFA representative at
The purpose of the SCIAFA is to foster and promote growth, scholarship, and fellowship among the student members of the IAFA and to address the needs of students working in the field of the Fantastic, by establishing mentoring and other programs, through coordinating efforts with the main body of the IAFA.
Contact: For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact one of the Student Caucus Representatives to the Executive Board of the IAFA: Amanda Rudd at rudd.am AT gmail.com, or Sarah Fish at srfish36 AT gmail.com.
Organizational documents are here.
IAFA/SCIAFA Mentoring Program: Since 2001, the IAFA Student Caucus (SCIAFA) and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) have sponsored a Mentoring Program aimed at helping student scholars to find their way around ICFA, discover the natural friendliness of the conference as quickly as possible, use ICFA as an entrance into existing scholarly communities concerned with the fantastic, and leave with both fond memories of the supporting organization and plans to return. The success of this program depends upon its volunteer participants. IAFA and SCIAFA will be co-sponsoring a designated space where mentors and mentees can meet just before the opening Conference Reception (designated the “Newcomer Meet-up” in the program). Attendance at this meeting is the primary task to be undertaken by both mentor and mentee. The mentor-mentee pairs will be matched up by the current SCIAFA representative. New conference attendees who have not signed up for the mentoring program are also welcome to attend the “Newcomer Meet-up” to be informally mentored by the two SCIAFA representatives, Amanda Rudd and Sarah Fish.
Applying for the program: To apply, please send the following information to the SCIAFA representative, Amanda Rudd, at <rudd.am AT gmail.com> by February 16, 2018. Please title the e-mail with the position you are signing up for (e.g. mentor or mentee):
E-mail address: ________________________________________
Institutional affiliation (if any): ________________________________________
Main interests in the field of the fantastic: ________________________________________
Projected arrival at ICFA: ________________________________________
Projected departure: ________________________________________
Will you be available for the Wednesday evening meet-up? Yes or No
Download a copy of the questionnaire here: Mentorship Questionnaire
Student Caucus Representative
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA
Amanda Rudd is a PhD Candidate in British and American Literature at the University of Houston, specializing in Science Fiction and Globalization, currently working on her dissertation. She has presented at many conferences including the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (2014, 2015, 2016), and the ACA/PCA Conference (2015). Her article “Paul’s Empire: Imperialism and Assemblage in Frank Herbert’s Dune” was recently published in the inaugural issue of the Museum of Science Fiction’s publication The Journal of Science Fiction, in January 2016.
Student Caucus Vice-Representative
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA
Sarah Fish is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy at the University of Houston, specializing in education policy, national security rhetoric, and zombies thrown in for good measure. She is interested in the intersections of horror (the monsters, the tropes) and politics, especially when political figures weave threat and anxiety into education reform (the focus of her dissertation).
Some Useful Links
- Science Fiction Studies, and particularly their links page, listed under “Wormholes”
- The Linköping Science Fiction & Fantasy Archive
- The SF-Site
- Project Gutenberg
- An on-line dictionary that includes artificial languages
- The Science Fiction Research Association’s page
- Locus online
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database(TAMU)
- The Internet Speculative Fiction Database