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Call for Nominations: IAFA Second Vice-President and Public Information Officer

Nominations are open from 30 September to 30 October.

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts announces a call for nominations for the elected Executive Board positions of Second Vice-President and Public Information Officer. Any IAFA member in good standing may run for these positions.
Those interested in running or in nominating someone for either position should send a nomination to both IAFA Immediate Past-President Sherryl Vint (sherryl.vint [at] and IAFA Registration and Membership Coordinator Karen Hellekson (iafareg [at] by 30 October 2019. 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 2019. The Election Committee will distribute position statements and ballots to the membership on 10 December 2019, and ballots will be counted by the Election Committee after 10 January 2020. 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 41 in March 2020, with additional announcements in appropriate IAFA venues thereafter.
For those elected, terms will begin immediately following the conclusion of ICFA 41 in March 2019 and will last for three years. Duties of each position are listed below. Please contact Sherryl Vint if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Second Vice President
The Second Vice President oversees and develops the programming track of creative guests, maintaining a current email list, contacting writers to solicit proposals, organizing sessions, and consulting the First Vice President to schedule the creative track. The Second Vice President also collects biographies and photos of the invited attending writers for publication in the program book and passes this information on to the Program Book Coordinator. The Second Vice President is elected by majority vote of the IAFA members who participate in the election.

Public Information Officer
The Public Information Officer edits and distributes promotional materials and forms publicity liaisons with other organizations where appropriate. The Public Information Officer maintains and regularly updates the website and blog, creates and distributes information from the Board such as the Call for Papers and election material, and contributes photos and promotional copy to the IAFA website. The Public Information Officer maintains and regularly updates the social media feeds, responds to inquiries via the social media feeds, and monitors the IAFA’s public image on social media. The Public Information Officer takes Executive Board minutes, disseminates them, archives them, and makes them available for archival use. The Public Information Officer is the recorder of motions and amendments at official meetings. The Public Information Officer maintains the IAFA electronic archive. The Public Information Officer is elected by majority vote of the IAFA members who participate in the election.

Assistant Professor of Fantasy/Science Fiction Literature

The Department of English at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2020. Candidates must have teaching and research interests in Fantasy literature and/or Science Fiction, preferably the former. Special consideration will be given to candidates who also have research interests in nineteenth-century British literature. Candidates with other secondary fields (Medieval literature, Renaissance literature) will also be considered.

The hired candidate will teach primarily on the Boca Raton campus, with the possibility of a minor assignment on the Davie campus. We seek a candidate who will balance high-quality scholarship, excellence in teaching, and committed service. Faculty typically teach a 3-2 course schedule. There will be the opportunity to teach and mentor students in the Department’s MA and MFA programs, as well as in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ interdisciplinary Ph. D. program, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ MA and undergraduate program, and other interdisciplinary programs within the College.

Requirements include a Ph. D. in English or Comparative Literature, or related field, at time of appointment, publication record in field, and relevant teaching experience at the college level. Applications, including a cover letter, vita, and copies of graduate transcripts must be uploaded to The job requisition number is 07356. Applications have a deadline of November 1, 2019. A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position.

FAU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. For communication assistance, call 7-1-1. FAU is a designated Hispanic-serving institution.

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is accepting applications for the position of Division Head of the Gothic and Horror (GAH) Division. (Please see division description below.)

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 term is for three years. The GAH Division Head will begin immediately without a shadow year.

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, Valorie Ebert at, no later than 20 May 2019.

Division description:
The Gothic and Horror Literature division focuses not only on Gothic and Horror as often-overlapping literary modes, but also on closely related modes including the Grotesque and the Weird. Papers may explore any aspect of literary horror (including but not limited to body horror, psychological horror, philosophical horror, or folk horror) including the evolution, cultural significance, and theory of horror. Papers exploring related topics, such as the role of the supernatural, the sublime, monstrosity, or affects including horror, terror, dread or anxiety, as well as interconnections between horror literature and other media, including film, comics and games, are also welcome.

Call for Applications: R.D. Mullen Fellowships


Named for the founder of our journal, Richard “Dale” Mullen (1915-1998), the Mullen fellowships are awarded by Science Fiction Studies to support archival research in science fiction.


We have three categories of awards:


  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $3000

Number: 2 awards each year

Qualifications: Candidates must have received their PhD degree but must not hold (or be contracted to begin) a tenure-track position. Also eligible are ABD students who have not yet been conferred their degree but who are scheduled to do so before taking up the award, for research in support of a new project only. The relation between the new research and the topic of the dissertation should be clarified in the proposal, particularly in cases of closely related projects.


  1. PhD Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $2000

Number: 3 awards each year

Qualifications: Research must be in support of a dissertation, and students may apply at any stage of their degree. The proposal should make it clear that applicants have familiarized themselves in some detail with the resources available at the library or archive they propose to use. Projects with an overall science fiction emphasis, other things being equal, will receive priority over projects with a more tangential relationship to the field.


  1. MA Thesis Research Fellowship

Amount: Up to $1000

Number: 1 award each year

Qualifications: Candidates may be in an MA program or in the MA phase of a combined graduate program. The award must be used in support of a graduate research project, which may be an article or an MA thesis. The proposal should specify which materials are unique to the archive the student proposes to visit and why they are essential to the project.


Application Process


All projects must centrally investigate science fiction, of any nation, culture, medium or era.


Project descriptions should concisely but clearly

  1. Define the project,
  2. Include a statement describing the relationship of this project to science fiction as a genre and to sf criticism as a practice,
  3. show familiarity with the specific holdings and strengths of the archive in which the proposed research will be conducted to explain why archival research is essential to the project, and
  4. Offer a research plan (including time frame and budget) that is practical for the time-frame proposed.


Applications may propose research in—but need not limit themselves to—specialized sf archives such as the Eaton Collection at UC Riverside, the Maison d’Ailleurs in Switzerland, the Judith Merril Collection in Toronto, or the SF Foundation Collection in Liverpool. Proposals for work in general archives with relevant sf holdings—authors’ papers, for example—are also welcome.


For possible research locations, applicants may wish to consult the partial list of sf archives compiled in SFS37.2 (July 2010): 161-90. This list is also available online at: <>.


Applications should be written in English and should include

  1. the project description (approximately 500 words),
  2. a work plan and an itemized budget,
  3. a cover letter clearly identifying which fellowship or award is sought,
  4. an updated curriculum vitae, and
  5. two letters of reference, including one from the faculty supervisor in cases of PhD and MA research.


Students who receive awards must acknowledge the support provided by SFS’s Mullen Fellowship program in any completed theses, dissertations or published work that makes use of research supported by this fellowship. After the research is conducted, each awardee shall provide SFS with a 500-word report on the results.


Successful candidates will be reimbursed for expenses incurred conducting research, up to the amount of the award, once they complete the research and submit relevant receipts. Valid research expenses include

  • airfare or ground transportation costs from one’s home to the archive,
  • meals for the scholar,
  • accommodation costs, and
  • costs associated with using an archive, such as photocopying, camera fees, or other institutional costs.


Funds cannot be used in support of

  • conference travel (one may attend a conference at the same venue as the archive),
  • capital items such as computers or other equipment,
  • the purchase of books or other research material, and
  • meals, travel, or accommodation costs for anyone other than the researcher.


Applications should be submitted electronically to the chair of the evaluation committee, Sherryl Vint, at  Applications are due April 2, 2019 and awards will be announced in early May.


The selection committee for 2019 consists of SFS Advisory Board members Carl Freedman and Graham Murphy, and SFS editors Istvan Csicsery-Ronay and Sherryl Vint.

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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York University is conducting a search for an Indigenous scholar who works on Indigenous futurisms for their anthropology department.

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Indigenous Futures

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Anthropology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2019

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Indigenous Futures at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2019.

We are seeking a candidate whose research is grounded in decolonial methodologies, including a focus on issues such as resurgence, refusal, or survivance in relation to Indigenous knowledges, lands, territories, land/body relations, and/or urban Indigeneity. An ongoing engagement with Indigenous issues and/or communities in the candidate’s area of research is strongly desired. The area of specialization is open but a grounding in ethnographic research methods is required. The geographical setting of the candidate’s ethnographic research is open. A PhD, or a PhD near completion by the start of the appointment, in Sociocultural Anthropology or an allied discipline such as, but not limited to, Indigenous Studies or Native American Studies is required.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publications appropriate to their stage of career. The candidate must be suitable for appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in their own areas of expertise as well as core courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred. For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, please visit our website at

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University , the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, the York Aboriginal Council, and Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. York is committed to fostering understanding of, respect for and connections with Indigenous communities; and the University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

This selection will be limited to Aboriginal (Indigenous) peoples. York University values diversity and encourages candidates from Aboriginal (Indigenous) communities to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples, women, visible minorities (members of racialized groups) and persons with disabilities. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: . Please select the “Affirmative Action” tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and Affirmative Action can be found.

Applicants should submit a signed cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; a core reading list for a graduate and an undergraduate course; and one writing sample of no more than 50 pages. Please email the application package in PDF format with the subject line “Indigenous Futures” to Professor Shubhra Gururani, Chair, Department of Anthropology at The applicant should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the Chair by email. The letters should arrive by the deadline from referees’ professional email address.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Please see the call here:

Assistant Professor, Folklore and Narrative

The George Mason University Department of English invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor Position in Folklore and Narrative. We encourage applicants with expertise in the verbal folklore of African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, immigrant, and other marginalized U.S. communities. 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, with an R-1 rating and is committed to keeping our doors open and accessible to as many capable students as possible. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation and gender identities and hail from over 130 countries. We are devoted to providing access to excellence, and that sets us apart from many of our peers. In a continuing effort to enrich GMU’s academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.

The English department is home to two dynamic and growing graduate programs in folklore: an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore and a graduate certificate in folklore. These programs prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in community and cultural organizations that demand expertise in documenting local culture and bringing informed historical and cultural frameworks to public sites and discussions. We also have a robust undergraduate minor and concentration in the English major.


Candidates will teach in the Folklore Studies Program undergraduate and graduate programs beginning Fall 2019, teaching a 2:2 load. Candidates should be prepared to teach folklore graduate courses, including courses on folk narrative and U.S. diversity, narrative genres (i.e., legend, myth, fairy tale folk tale, personal experience narrative), narrative and literature, and departmental undergraduate courses in folklore, including the ethnographic field school for cultural documentation and the introduction to folklore studies.

Please visit for more information about the department and for more information about the folklore studies program.

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The Department of Public & Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The top candidate will be able to contribute expertise, leadership, and imagination to the department’s efforts to theorize and prefigure responses to the future of the human being.

Candidates should be highly collaborative, exploratory, and hardworking, with a humanities-oriented research specialization in one or more of the following areas: the environment (natural or built),
fabrication (material, biological, electronic), health (cellular, systemic, societal), technology (digital, analog, biological), or storytelling (place-based and/or digital). Experience with and an
understanding of international and/or foreign language content creation, or Indigenous/First Nations/Native lifeways will be of particular interest given the Department’s institutional and geographic location.

The teaching load is two courses per semester. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as curricular design and program innovation.

The Department of Public & Applied Humanities is one of 18 units in the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities. The Department works to translate the personal enrichment characteristic of humanities study into public enrichment and the direct and tangible improvement of the human condition. Through research-driven,
collaborative, and publicly facing projects built to explore and enhance life in the community and beyond, our students and scholars convert understanding into action for the measurable betterment of
society. The Department is fundamentally experimental, entrepreneurial, and transdisciplinary, and focuses on public and private opportunities that straddle disciplinary boundaries.

More information about the position may be found at:

Call for Applications

Managing Editor, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts


To work with the Editor and the editorial team on the production and distribution of the Journal, including maintaining lists of subscribers; working with the printer or publisher; preparing budgets and keeping financial records; maintaining contact with content providers such as JSTOR and ProQuest and indexers such as the MLA Bibliography; researching technology and trends in academic publishing; creating and updating documentation relating to policies and processes; and overseeing quality control. Experience in an academic publishing environment and familiarity with MS Office and Adobe products, including InDesign, are essential.

Applications should be sent to Brian Attebery, editor,, by September 1, 2018

Call for Program Book Editor

The IAFA is soliciting applications for someone to edit the conference program book. This appointment will be for one-year, on a trial basis, with the possibility of renewing the position indefinitely. Experience with IAFA culture is considered an asset for this position. Professional experiencing with layout and similar design work is a must. The content for the book will be provided by the IAFA officers, and the files used in design of previous program books will be made available to help assist in the production of the new one. At the time of appointment, the IAFA will provide a detailed outline to the Program Book Editor of what should be included in the program book and in what order it should be printed.

The duties of the Program Book Editor include:

• Work with the Public Information Officer and Registration/Membership Coordinator to develop templates for the book in a professional design program (i.e., InDesign, Quark, or equivalent);
• Using these templates, and information provided by the First and Second Vice Presidents about the conference’s guests and program schedule, produce camera-ready copy for the production of this book;
• With art provided by the Second Vice President, design the cover of the book;
• Submit the program book layout for approval to the IAFA Board by February 15, 2019, and make any adjustments as required by the Board after this review;
• Continue to update the book with cancellations and other errata up to the time of printing; in consultation with the First Vice President maintain an errata sheet once the book has gone to print;
• Produce an index for this book, with individuals listed by name and session number, and include this index in the final book;
• Investigate appropriate vendors for printing the book in a cost-effective manner and arrange for the printing and delivery of the book to the hotel in numbers as specified by the Registration/Membership Coordinator.

The IAFA will pay a stipend of $500 for this work. Those interested in applying should submit
1. a cover letter, which provides details of professional layout and design experiences, as well as information about the candidate’s history with the IAFA;
2. a portfolio of previous design work; and
3. a CV outlining relevant professional and academic experience.

Applications should be sent to Sherryl Vint, IAFA President, at The closing date for applications is July 15, 2019. An appointment will be made by the end of July.