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Deadline Extended — Lost and Found (Again): Finding One’s Way There and Back Again

deadline for submissions:
November 2, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Signum University and Johnson C. Smith University

contact email:

Magnolia Moot 2018


Corey Olsen


Matthew M. DeForrest

Board Member, Professor of English and Mott University Professor, JCSU


November 10, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT


Johnson C. Smith University

The New Science Center

100 Beatties Ford Road

Charlotte, NC 28216

Johnson C. Smith University, Signum University, and the Mythgard Institute are pleased to announce the inaugural MagnoliaMoot 2018, a symposium on the theme “Lost and Found (Again): Finding One’s Way There and Back Again.” A mixture of paper presentations, panels, and discussions will be offered along with a keynote address by guest of honor Dr. Corey Olsen, “The Tolkien Professor.”

Call for Papers

Lost and Found (Again): Finding One’s Way There and Back Again

“But without a feast we shan’t remain alive much longer anyway,” said Bombur, and Bilbo heartily agreed with him. They argued about it backwards and forwards for a long while, until they agreed at length to send out a couple of spies, to creep near the lights and find out more about them. But then they could not agree on who was to be sent: no one seemed anxious to run the chance of being lost and never finding his friends again. In the end, in spite of warnings, hunger decided them, because Bombur kept on describing all the good things that were being eaten, according to his dream, in the woodland feast; so they all left the path and plunged into the forest together.” (The Hobbit)

Tolkien’s work has an interest in finding one’s place, both figuratively and metaphorically, in the wider world. It is not enough to have a place, one must understand it and one’s relationship to it to come to a clear understanding of what it means to belong in and to a place. This concept is not exclusive to Tolkien, but is also present in many works of science fiction and fantasy literature, films, and television. MagnoliaMoot will take up this theme, as well as other topics relating to the works of fantastic literature, television, and film. Please submit all abstracts by November 2, 2018 to Acceptance will be notified on a rolling basis.


Registration fee includes light breakfast and boxed lunch.


More information on the schedule will follow once the Call for Papers has closed. However, please keep in mind that events are due to begin at 9am, and should conclude by 4:30pm. Dr. Olsen will give the keynote address just after lunch, around 1pm.

Area Information and Accommodations

Johnson C. Smith University

The New Science Center

100 Beatties Ford Road

Charlotte, NC 28216

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is a private liberal arts university with proud HBCU traditions and a future aimed at diversity. Approximately 1,600 highly talented and motivated students from various backgrounds are enrolled at JCSU and its faculty and staff members are equally as unique, coming from all over the world.

JCSU has a limited number of suite-style rooms available in its Mosaic Village facility for those attending MagnoliaMoot. The closest hotel to the campus is the DoubleTree Hotel (Part of the Hilton Hotel Group). As a major business and banking center, there are a number of hotels and restaurants relatively close to JCSU’s campus.

Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Annual Conference

deadline for submissions:
December 31, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

contact email:

Call for Papers:

Annual Conference of the
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

Appel à textes:

Conférence annuelle de la
Société canadienne pour l’étude da la bande dessinée

University of British Columbia
June 4–5, 2019

Université de la Colombie-Britannique
4–5 juin, 2019

La version française suit

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for papers and pre-constituted panels on any and all aspects of comics, broadly conceived (including cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, picture books, and visual poetry) to be presented at our 2019 annual conference. For the first time ever, the CSSC/SCEBD conference will be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The comics form has been theorized as an inherently hybridized mix of words and images. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Congress, Circles of Conversation, we are particularly interested in proposals that explore comics’ potential to communicate across boundaries. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

comics and intercultural dialogue
inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of comics from across the social sciences and humanities
diverse representations and authors
circulation, adaptation, and transmedia narratives
comics worlds and world comics
comics and fan cultures
creative communities and corporate culture, gatekeeping and backlashes
comics in professional practice (comics and education, graphic medicine, graphic justice, comics journalism, etc.)

Please submit a 200–300 word abstract, short biography, and contact information in a Word document to by December 31, 2018.

Keynote Lecture:
“Latinographix: Taking a Can Opener to the History of Alternative Comics”

We are also pleased to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Frederick Luis Aldama. Dr. Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, co-author, or editor of 36 books, editor or co-editor of 8 academic press book series, and editor of the trade-press graphic fiction and nonfiction series Latinographix. He is founder and director of LASER, the Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research, and has been inducted into both the Academy of Teachers and the National Cartoonists Society.

About the CSSC/SCEBD

The CSSC/SCEBD is a national, bilingual scholarly association that promotes the academic study of comics. Founded in 2010, the CSSC/SCEBD is a venue for Canadian and international scholars to discuss all aspects of comics as an art form and cultural phenomenon. Please find information about the CSSC/SCEBD on our website:

About Congress

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual umbrella meeting for over seventy Canadian scholarly associations. Each year, it meets on the campus of a different host university. In addition to the individual association conferences, a series of lectures, workshops and cultural events are organized by the host institution and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Information on the Congress and its constituent conferences may be found at

La société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée invite des propositions pour des présentations individuelles ou en groupe (panel de 3) sur tout aspect touchant à la bande dessinée-BD au sens large (caricatures, comic strips, comic books, BD numérique, livres d’images, et poésie visuelle) pour notre conférence annuelle en 2019. Pour la première fois, la SCEBD/CSSC aura lieu dans le cadre de la Fédération des sciences humaines (Congrès des sciences humaines).

La forme BD/comics a été théorisée comme étant intrinsèquement hybride résultant d’un mélange de mots et d’images. En gardant en tête le thème de cette année de la Fédération, « Cercles de conversation », nous sommes particulièrement intéressé/e/s par des propositions qui explorent les possibilités que les BD/comics ont de communiquer au-delà des limites et frontières traditionnelles. Les sujets potentiels incluent mais ne sont pas limités à:

BD et dialogue interculturel
Approches inter- et multiculturelles de l’étude des BD à travers les sciences humaines
Circulation, adaptation , et narration transmédiatiques
Les mondes de la BD et les BD mondiales/globales
BD et cultures de fans
Communautés créatives et culture entrepreneuriale, censure, « Gardiens des Temples » (gatekeepers), réactions et contre-réactions
BD dans les pratiques professionnelles: éducation, médecine, justice, journalisme, etc.

Veuillez soumettre un résumé de 200-300 mots, une bio-bibliographie et une adresse de contact sur un document Word à avant le 31 décembre 2018.

Conférence plénière inaugurale:

“Latinographix: Ouvrir l’histoire de la BD alternative avec un ouvre-boîte”

Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir le conférencier de cette année, Frederick Luis Aldama. Dr. Aldama est Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor à l’université de l’Ohio (OSU/Ohio State U.). Il est l’auteur, co-auteur et éditeur de 36 livres, éditeur et co-éditeur de 8 séries de presses universitaires, et éditeur de la série Latinographix par les presses commerciales de fictions et non-fictions graphiques. Il est aussi le fondateur et directeur de LASER/Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research, et fait partie de l’Académie des Professeurs et de la Société Nationale des Cartoonistes.

A propos de la SCEBD/CSSC

La SCEBD/CSSC est une association académique nationale bilingue qui promeut les études des BD/comics (et autres dénominations comme les mangas, fumetti, etc.). Fondée en 2010, elle est un lieu pour les chercheurs canadiens et internationaux pour discuter tous les aspects des comics/BD comme forme artistique et phénomène culturel. Veuillez trouver plus d’informations sur le site de la SCEBD/CSSC:

A propos du Congrès:

La Fédération des sciences humaines organise une rencontre annuelle (Congrès des sciences humaines) qui abrite plus de 70 associations académiques canadiennes. Chaque année, elle est accueillie sur un campus universitaire différent. En plus des conférences des associations individuelles, elle offre une série de lecture, de séminaires et d’événements culturels co-organisés par l’université hôte et par la Fédération des sciences humaines. Visitez pour plus de renseignements sur la Fédération et ses Associations.

ICFA 40 Announcement of 25th Anniversary of Dell Magazines Award

At ICFA 40, the Dell Magazines Award will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the return of the first Dell Award winner, Eric Choi, to the Conference on the Fantastic. Choi, a celebrated Canadian aerospace engineer and award-winning writer and editor, will receive a special commemorative plaque at the conference awards banquet from Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and co-founder and co-judge of the award with author and teacher Rick Wilber. The Dell Magazines Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Asimov Award) honors the best previously unpublished undergraduate science-fiction or fantasy short story of the year. A number of other winners and finalists from previous years will be in attendance.

Department: English

Assistant Professor, Science Fiction and/or Fantasy Lit

The George Mason University Department of English invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in 20th- and 21st-century Science Fiction and/or Fantasy Literature. We especially welcome applications from candidates whose work foregrounds questions of identity, power, and culture. Area of focus may include US, UK, and/or Anglophone literature, and we are also particularly interested in work that takes transnational, comparative, or global approaches. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university and was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Inclusivity is a core value of the university. Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identities and hail from over 130 countries. The multitude of different perspectives this diversity brings enriches our academic environment. George Mason is committed to building a faculty of outstanding scholars whose diversity reflects that of our student body, including diversity of gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, physical ability, socioeconomic background, and national origin. We actively encourage applications from members of all groups underrepresented in the profession.

The successful candidate will teach a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses. The English department is home to vibrant concentrations in literature and cultural studies – including world literature and new media – and a highly-ranked BFA and MFA creative writing program. We coordinate closely with George Mason’s doctoral Program in Cultural Studies.

Please visit for more information about the department.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in literature with evidence of completion by August 2019
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in research and teaching
Record of innovative and dynamic teaching
Promise of outstanding scholarship
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in working across academic and disciplinary boundaries.
Required Documents:

Cover Letter
List of Professional References
Writing Sample
Brief candidate statement explaining how the candidate’s teaching philosophy reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Location: Fairfax, VA

Mason Ad Statement:

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a list of professional references with contact information, transcripts, a writing sample, and a brief statement explaining how your teaching philosophy reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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Friday, June 21 – Monday, June 24, 2019
Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii

Conference Theme: Facing the Future, Facing the Past: Colonialism, Inidigeneity, and SF
Keynote Speaker: Nalo Hopkinson

The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2019 annual conference, to be held on the campus of Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.

“I ka wā mua, ka wā ma hope” is a Hawaiian proverb that can be translated, “In the past lies the future,” or more literally, “In what is in front of you is found what is behind you.” In the Native Hawaiian way of thinking, according to scholar Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa, “The Hawaiian stands firmly in the present, with his back to the future, and his eyes fixed upon the past, seeking historical answers for present-day dilemmas.” Another way of interpreting this saying might be, you must face the past to prepare yourself for the future. Thinking about this Hawaiian proverb in the context of science fiction brings up questions about ways of knowing, ways of orienting ourselves in time and space, the relation of our notions of the possible to our understanding of history, the ethical and political obligations of our scientific-technological practice in relation to the past and the future, and our expectations of social change as well as our sense of how it comes about.

SFRA 2019 will meet in Hawai‘i, a set of islands that after two and a half centuries of Western contact has become the world leader in species extinction, while being transformed during the nineteenth century from a wholly self-sustaining civilization into a plantation economy dominated by export crops and ravaged by epidemics that reduced the Native Hawaiian population by 80% or more, and whose political sovereignty was stolen by the settler-controlled and US-military-aided overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. As we plan to meet on this occupied land with its long history of indigenous resistance to colonial incursion, we welcome papers and panels on the relation of science fiction to colonial history and its ongoing effects, to the contemporary ecological crisis, to issues of political and economic justice, and to past and ongoing visions of the future.

Topics related to the conference theme include the relation of SF to the following:

* indigenous futurism
* colonial fantasies & indigenous survivance
* explorers, settlers, and natives
* indigenization v. cultural assimilation of forms & genres
* the dynamics of recognition, versions of the colonial gaze
* the “post” in postcolonialism
* decolonial speculative fiction
* the symbiosis of colonialism & capitalism
* epistemology in the contact zone
* speculative technologies of resistance
* Native and regional disruptions of the colonial biopolitical order
* indigenous intellectual property in light of transgenics, genetic modification, & other man-made mutations
* biopolitical imperialism, biopiracy, bioprospecting
* food security, organic & smart farming
* ecocriticism & the anthropocene
* progress v. sustainability
* estranging empire, rethinking centers and margins
* world systems & world construction
* world, nation, & culture: imagined communities and communities of practice

We also welcome papers on topics relevant to science fiction research broadly conceived that are not specifically related to the conference theme.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply and attend; as with previous SFRA conferences, the first day of conference programming will include roundtables and workshops targeted at early-career teachers and researchers working in SF studies and in the study of popular culture more generally.

300-500 word abstracts should be sent to by March 1, 2019. Notification of acceptance will occur by April 1, 2019. We also welcome submission of preconstituted panels and roundtables.

Call for Nominations by 30 October 2018: IAFA President and First Vice President

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts announces a call for nominations for the elected Executive Board positions of President and First Vice President. To be eligible for President, an IAFA member in good standing must have served either as a Division Head or as a member of the IAFA Executive Board. Any IAFA member in good standing may run for the position of First Vice President.

Those interested in running or in nominating someone for either position should send a nomination to both IAFA Immediate Past-President Sydney Duncan at and IAFA Chief Technical Officer Michael Smith at by 30 October 2018. The Election Committee will notify each nominee of her or his nomination and will provide each with the names of everyone else who has accepted nomination during that election cycle. Candidates declining nomination must notify the Election Committee immediately upon notification of their nomination.

Candidates eligible for the offices to which they have been nominated and willing to run for those offices will be asked to submit position statements by 20 November 2018. The Election Committee will distribute position statements and ballots to the membership on 10 December 2018, and ballots will be counted by the Election Committee after 10 January 2019. If no candidate receives a majority vote, a runoff election between the two candidates who have received the most votes will be conducted. The Election Committee will announce results of the election at the IAFA business meeting at ICFA 40 in March 2019, with additional announcements in appropriate IAFA venues thereafter.

For those elected, terms will begin immediately following the conclusion of ICFA 40 in March 2019 and will last for three years. Duties of each position are listed below. Please contact Sydney Duncan if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


The President is the chief executive officer, responsible for directing and coordinating all functions of the organization, including the annual conference, the quarterly journal, other sponsored publications, the Awards Program, and public relations of all kinds. The President sets the agenda for, and presides at, all meetings of the Executive Board and the annual business meeting at the ICFA. The President is also the chief planning officer, responsible for setting agenda in all Association projects. The President oversees the work of the other officers, recruits special guests, seeks institutional support, confirms non-elected Board members, etc. The President is elected by majority vote of the IAFA members who participate in the election.

First Vice President

The First Vice President coordinates the ICFA Program, overseeing the work of the Divisions Heads and scheduling paper sessions for the Annual Conference Program. The First Vice President also consults with the President and Second Vice President concerning appearances by special guests in panels, readings, and lectures, and with the Conference Chair about physical arrangements such as AV equipment, room assignments, etc. The First Vice President substitutes for the President when necessary. The First Vice President also oversees the IAFA David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, including the following: advertising the award, organizing the prize committee, and collecting and forwarding submissions to the committee for a blind reading process. The First Vice President is elected by majority vote of the IAFA members who participate in the election.

“Politics and Conflicts”: Some Global Accents

A call for papers & panels by the International Fantastic Division

of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts for the

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts #40

March 13-16, 2019

Orlando, Florida

CFP Deadline 10/31/18

Through Oct. 31, 2018, the International Fantastic Division of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is soliciting proposals for ICFA 2019 papers, sessions, creative readings, and other panels about the GLOBAL FANTASTIC in any media and discipline.

Our Division encourages international research and art about spiritual, fabulist, weird, and experimental manifestations of the non-real/surreal/transreal throughout the world. We research and create narratives on how such speculative or fantastic expressions can engage:

· The global division of labor through the production of an international fantastic (for example, science-fiction animation made in one place but exported to another)

· Native/Aboriginal/First Nations/Indigenous speculative fictions of the world

· Diaspora, sojourners, and settlement: e.g., alien borders, migration, liminalities

· Literatures in translation including those that offer fabulist creoles, pidgins, and dialects created by cultural authors and artists

· (Post) colonialism and its monstrous/transgressive discontents

· Globalectic narratives that illustrate social relations between international (imagined or imaginary) communities

· Posthuman/dehumanized refugees; the estrangement of middle passages and immigrant detention centers

· Folklores about/of transnational families and laborers, myths and legends about/of local businesses and regional industries

· Fantastic literatures as cultural imperialism or as national literatures

· Global circuits, time-space compression, and speculative financial flows in the international knowledge economy

· Xenophobic superheroes; neo-Orientalism of the action genre’s War on Terror; Islamophobia and the fantasy narrative; and so on

· Zombie capitalism and the necrocultural alienation of the overseas worker

· Alternative or localized forms of sustainability, materiality, technological practice

· Syncretized/creolized/hybridized spiritualities and magicks of the world

· The imported (or exported) apocalypse

· Millennial SF/fantasy/horror signaling the “digital divide” between regions, classes, countries

· New international slaveries and speculative resistance

· The Global North’s “dronification” of state violence and imperial military work

· Continental, agricultural, island/insular, urban, and other SFnal ecologies

· Community engagements with “globalized” science and technology

We accept academic proposals about worldwide decolonial, and indigenous texts by university and independent scholars; by translators, librarians, scientists, and other researchers; and by graduate students in all fields. For questions, contact the IF Division Head at Artists of fantastic works may submit proposals to the ICFA Creative Track of writing, music, theater, film, and poetry sessions, as well as for panels on topics of interest to creative professionals. In March, we will meet at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside to celebrate, debate, and deduce speculative fiction’s contributions to grasping the politics and conflicts of our past in their capacity to guide us toward more inclusive futures.

To submit proposals by 10/31, visit and select the International Fantastic as the Division to which to forward your proposal.

For more on ICFA 40, see: You can also contact the other IAFA Division Heads based on your subgenre/media of interest: