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 the organization of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), which was first held in 1980, 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 the production of a news blog and other social media that 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 conference will be
The 42nd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Climate Change and the Anthropocene

 March 18-21, 2021
Guest Scholar: Stacy Alaimo, University of Oregon
Guest Author: Jeff VanderMeer

ICFA 42 will be a virtual event.


ICFA 42 Price List: ICFA-42-price-summary.pdf

To present at the conference, you must complete all these steps:

1. Submit a proposal
If your proposal is accepted, you must...
2. Be a member of the IAFA
3. Register for the conference

Got a credit? To use it, use the "invoice" feature and not "pay now."
Once you have created an invoice, instead of paying, email the
Registrar ( with the invoice
numbers and ask for the credit to be applied.

Under certain conditions, you may apply for Funding.
Under any conditions, you may volunteer!

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A volunteer team puts the conference on, and you can be part of it. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow IAFA members and see what goes on behind the scenes. Volunteers help at the registration desk, checking people in and selling merch; and in the AV area, setting up and troubleshooting equipment. We also need people to help set out complimentary books at each table setting before meals. Registration always needs volunteers on the Tuesday before the conference, to prepare attendee badges. Signed-up volunteers receive 10 IAFA Bucks for each hour spent volunteering. To learn more, click here:

The volunteer signup form for ICFA 42 is forthcoming.

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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