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ICFA 42 “Climate Change and the Anthropocene”
When: March 18–21, 2021
Where: Online
Guest scholar: Stacy Alaimo
Guest author: Jeff VanderMeer

Event details
Cost: Registration ($40 for regular registrants, $20 for students/adjuncts) closes on February 22, 2021. There is no on-site registration. Paper presenters must be an IAFA member to present. Further, all merchandise is being printed and mailed to order, and will not be available for sale at future conventions. Sign up for the conference via the IAFA home page:
If you cannot pay right now: That’s OK. Please sign up and create an invoice to indicate your good-faith effort to attend. You can pay the outstanding balance later.

Here’s how the online programming works: Presentations are organized into panels as usual. Presenters will upload their presentations as videos or as documents like PDFs. Attendees will peruse the program ahead of time, viewing/accessing the presentations relevant to a panel. Then, at the time noted on the program, everyone will log into Zoom and talk about the panel’s papers.

There will be a moderator to organize time, and there will be a tech person to troubleshoot tech. Nobody will recap their paper; it will all be discussion. All the clicky links to make this happen will be easily accessible online to registered attendees.
In addition to prerecorded content to view ahead of time, there are a couple LIVE items on the program.

The program is updated continually here (currently v8), so be sure to check your data and ensure correctness:

Here is the FAQ Sheet for Presenters, which includes useful dates:
Some content has already been uploaded; thank you to those who are either (a) helping us test, or (b) really on top of things! Mike Smith, IAFA’s tech officer, who is previewing the content as he processes it, notes, “There are some seriously creative and talented people in this organization.”

Yes, there will be a book room
Kathmandu Books, our usual on-site vendor for the beloved book room, is busy putting together a tailored collection of books for sale, focusing on books by ICFA 42’s author/creative attendees. Stay tuned for more info!

We still need volunteers!
For help with Zoom: Here’s a description of the tasks:
Or sign up here:
Training has been moved to the week of February 22, 2021, to accommodate more signups. If you’re on the fence, consider yourself nudged and sign up.

For the SCIAFA mentorship program: There is still time to sign up to be a mentor or a mentee at this year’s virtual ICFA conference. If this is your first time attending ICFA, or just your first time attending a virtual conference, please sign up to be a mentee and you’ll be paired with an experienced conference-goer who can answer your questions and show you the ropes!
If you have lots of experience with ICFA, virtual conferencing, or both, please sign up to be a mentor and help our newcomers feel welcome!
If you’re interested in being either a mentee or a mentor for the student caucus, please email Shelby Cadwell (iafa.studentcaucus2 AT, vice rep for the Student Caucus, the following information no later than February 28, 2021:
• Name
• Email address
• Institutional affiliation (if any)
• Main interests in the field of the fantastic
• Will you be available for the Wednesday evening meet-up? Yes or No
• Which role are you signing up for, mentor or mentee?

The usual Reg reminders
If you have a credit, please, please, please do not pay your invoice. Choose “invoice me” and not “pay now.” If you have to enter credit card info, just stop. Stop I tell you! Don’t do it! The software needs an open invoice so Reg can apply your credit. However, keep in mind that credits last 2 years, so if you have money left over from last year’s canceled ICFA 41, you can use it next year too.
To apply your credit to an open invoice, just email Reg the relevant unpaid invoice numbers, and we will do a Thing in the software to apply it.

We hope to see you at ICFA 42 in March!
—Karen Hellekson for Reg (iafareg AT