Call for Applications: Division Heads, Film and Television (FTV) and Fairy Tales and Folk Narratives (FTFN)

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is accepting applications for the position of Division Head of the Film and Television (FTV) and Fairy Tales and Folk Narratives (FTFN) Divisions.

Division Heads are appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the First Vice-President, who chairs the Council of Division Heads, after formal discussion and majority vote of the Board.The terms are for three years. The FTFN Division Head will begin immediately following the 39th ICFA in 2018, the Head of FTV will “shadow” the current Division Head until their appointment begins at the conclusion of the 40th ICFA in 2019. Descriptions of the divisions below.

Each Division Head organizes and supervises all conference activity within a subdivision of fantastic scholarship. Division Heads work under the guidance of the First Vice-President. Division Heads are responsible for recruiting session proposals and papers and are responsible for formatting these to the requirements of the First Vice-President. Division Heads are responsible for forwarding all information to the First Vice-President in a timely fashion. Division Heads have the responsibility to check the draft program for accuracy and AV needs. Division Heads are expected to liaise with other Division Heads and the First Vice-President. The First Vice-President is the final arbiter of the program under the aegis of the Executive Board. At the conference the Division Heads oversee sessions in their respective Divisions and collect suggestions for future topics, special guests, etc.

Those interested in applying must send a cover letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for the position, and a current CV, to the First Vice-President, Isabella van Elferen i.vanelferen@kingston.ac.uk, no later than 20 May 2017.

Division descriptions:

The Fairy Tales and Folk Narratives (FTFN) division welcomes critical scholarship on all aspects of folk narrative and culture in all media. This includes but is not limited to oral and literary fairy tales, folk tales, wonder tales, legend, and myth, as well as adaptations. In placing fairy tales within a broad spectrum of folk narratives, we want to encourage embedding narratives in culture and considering non-Euro-centric genres. We want to feature artists and critics who draw upon a wide variety of perspectives. Papers in this division may explore traditional and contemporary folk narratives, including ways they influence literature of the fantastic and intersect with other genres of the fantastic. Texts discussed can range from traditional print texts and images to comic books and graphic novels, film and television, video games, live performances, fashion, and transmedia texts, among other media. Folk narrative studies is inherently interdisciplinary; cuts across genre, audience, and medium; and its current practices are informed by feminist, historical, linguistic, materialist, narratological, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, queer, translation studies, and others approaches. This division aims to bring together scholars and creators of fairy tales and folk narratives for productive and fruitful dialogue.

The Fantastic in Film & Television (FTV) division welcomes proposals for paper presentations that deal with the fantastic broadly construed in cinema and television.

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