The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), founded in 1982, is a nonprofit association of scholars, writers, and publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in literature, film, and the other arts. Its purpose is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic.

Its principle activities are (1) the organization of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), which was first held in 1980, (2) the organization of an October Conference held first in 2021, (3) the publication of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA), a peer-reviewed journal for scholarship within the field of the fantastic which has been published regularly since 1990, and (4) the production of a news blog and other social media that publish information of interest to the membership.

Membership in the IAFA is open, but almost all members are scholars, teachers, and graduate students in the field of Science fiction studies, Fantasy literature, Horror literature, or are authors.



The next ICFA will be


Fantastic Communities: The 43rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts


Guest of Honor: Nisi Shawl


Guest Scholar: Farah Mendlesohn



March 16-20, 2022


Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside


Orlando, Florida


CFP: cfp ICFA 43 Fantastic Communities .pdf (Deadline extended to 15 November)


ICFA 43 Pricing: ICFA-43-price-summary.pdf




Please visit our sister organization, Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung.

The Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF) [Association for Research in the Fantastic] is the first academic association in the German-speaking world committed to furthering research on the fantastic in art, literature and culture. It strives to broaden scholarly and cultural insight in this area. To that end, the association publishes its membership journal "Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung" twice a year as well as its own book series "Beiträge zur Fantastikforschung". In addition, an annual conference provides the opportunity for a membership assembly, taking place in different locations each year.

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