Organization and refereeing of academic paper sessions at ICFA is under the direction of Division Heads, also appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Board. You can find the Executive Board here and the Other IAFA Officials here. Perquisites received by board members, other officers, and division heads are listed here.  

Children’s & Young Adult Literature & Art (CYA)

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art division welcomes critical scholarship that focuses on childhood, child characters, and literature aimed at younger readers. This includes picture books as well as middle-grade and young adult novels, short stories, and graphic novels that involve fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, science fiction, and any other aspect of the fantastic.

Division head: Amanda Firestone
The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
iafa.div.cya@fantastic-arts.org

Amanda Firestone, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Communication at The University of Tampa. There she teaches classes focused on media studies and digital identity. She is the co-editor of Harry Potter and Convergence Culture: Essays on Fandom and the Expanding Potterverse and The Last Midnight: Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millennial Media. Amanda enjoys knitting, sewing, baking, and drinking margaritas. All in preparation for The End of Times.

Fairy Tales and Folk Narratives (FTFN)

The Fairy Tales and Folk Narratives division welcomes critical scholarship on all aspects of folk narrative and culture in all media. This includes but is not limited to oral and literary fairy tales, folk tales, wonder tales, legend, and myth, as well as adaptations and interconnections of oral and literary tales with other media.

Division head: Christy Williams
Hawai`i Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
iafa.div.ftfn@fantastic-arts.org

Christy Williams is assistant professor of English at Hawai`i Pacific University where she teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, fantasy, fairy tales, and video games. Her research focuses on contemporary fairy tales and retellings in literature, film, and television with an emphasis on gender and narrative. Her recent work examines the metafictional use of fairy tales in texts ranging from Once Upon a Time to Kelly Link’s fiction. She co-edited Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works and is co-review editor for Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies.

Fantasy Literature (FL)

The Fantasy Literature division welcomes critical scholarship on all aspects of fantasy literature (broadly defined to mean anything from genre fantasy to magic realism) including, but not restricted to, criticism on works by fantasy authors writing in English, interdisciplinary approaches to the genre, and scholarship on fantasy theory.

Division head: Daniel Creed
Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
iafa.div.fl@fantastic-arts.org

Daniel Creed is an Instructor of Writing and Rhetoric in the English department at Florida International University. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Studies with a dissertation entitled “In Better Worlds than These: Memory and Diegesis in Fantasy Literature.” He has interests in Fantasy Literature and film that ranges from the Victorian Era to the present, and has recent publications on George MacDonald, Robert Browning, Robert Heinlein, and John W. Campbell (among others). His current research focuses on Charles Finney, Steven Erikson, and the role of memory in reader response to Fantasy Literature.

Film and Television (FTV)

The Film and Television division welcomes critical scholarship, panels, and theory roundtables that deal with cinema and television and engage any genre of the Fantastic, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror. As with other narrative forms, the analysis of film and television can be taken up multiple ways and through varied critical lenses.

Division head: Valérie Savard
University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
iafa.div.ftv@fantastic-arts.org

Valérie Savard recently received her PhD from the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She has been attending ICFA since 2013 and has presented on topics ranging from 1970s German sf through fembots in contemporary American music videos, film, and television. With a Masters in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, her other research interests include popular culture and (perhaps unsurprisingly) cultural studies. She currently teaches first-year undergraduates in the area of critical analysis and does so by pedagogically combining gothic fiction, dystopian fiction, and apocalyptic visual medias of varying kinds.


Gothic and Horror Literature (GaH)

The Gothic and Horror Literature division welcomes critical scholarship focused on the inter-related modes of Gothic literature and horror literature, as well as closely related modes such as the Weird and the Grotesque. Papers may explore any aspect of literary horror or the Gothic, including but not limited to the evolution, cultural significance, and theory of these modalities, as well as specific types and typologies, for example: body horror, psychological horror, and philosophical 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 Gothic and horror literature and other media, including film, comics and games, are also welcome.

Division head: Jude Wright
Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska, USA
iafa.div.gah@fantastic-arts.org

Jude Wright is an Assistant Professor of English at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, where he teaches courses on writing, British literature, Science Fiction, and comic books. His research focuses on the relationship between realism and the fantastic in nineteenth-century British literature, the Gothic, and adaptation theory. He has recently published on Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, adaptations of Frankenstein, J. Sheridan LeFanu, and Walter Pater. His current project is a long-form extension of his work on Frankenstein adaptations, parts of which he has presented at ICFA.

International Fantastic (IF)

The International Fantastic division welcomes scholarship in all subgenres of the fantastic in world media. “International” means either non-anglophone or originating in a culture considered foreign within the anglophone world; this may include minority or Indigenous texts within an anglophone country. Projects in postcolonial and diaspora studies, area and language studies, translation theory and studies, comparative literature and media, non-anglophone epistemologies and technocultures, the role of the international division of labor and global finance in textual development, gender and queer studies especially in the Global South, international justice movements, global research methodologies and national archives, and Indigenous and Trans-Indigenous Studies are welcome.

Division head: Ida Yoshinaga
University of Hawai`i, Hawaii, USA
iafa.div.if@fantastic-arts.org

Alternative and ethnic media scholar Ida Yoshinaga earned her Ph.D. in the Department of English at the University of Hawai`i-Mānoa. A former East-West Center Fellow and Crown Prince (Emperor) Akihito scholar, she graduated from the Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, training as a sociologist and creative writer in Asian-Pacific cultural studies before turning to television and transmedia studies for her doctoral research. Recipient of the R.D. Mullen Ph.D. Research Fellowship from Science Fiction Studies journal and the Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic, she specializes in cultural screenwriting, the teleplay form, and critical approaches to the industrial production of fantastic-genre narratives within global transmedia. She has published work in Marvels & Tales; The Routledge Companion to Fairy-Tale Cultures & Media; and Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales: How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings.

Science Fiction Literature (SF)

The Science Fiction Literature division welcomes critical scholarship on topics related to science fiction novels, short stories, poems, and other forms that can be considered literary as well as those focused on critical theories related to the SF genre. This division’s emphasis is textual as well as theoretical; papers considering science fiction in film, television, or comics are encouraged to apply to the Film and Television division or the Visual & Performing Arts and Audiences division instead.

Division head: Pawel Frelik
University of Warsaw, Poland
iafa.div.sf@fantastic-arts.org

Paweł Frelik is Associate Professor in the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw (Poland). His research interests include science fiction, video games, fantastic visualities, digital media, and transmedia storytelling. He has published widely in these fields, serves on the advisory boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and is the co-editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction book series at the University of Wales Press.

Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences (VPAA)

The Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences division welcomes critical scholarship and discussions on a transdisciplinary variety of visual media. Among these are comic books, comic strips and graphic novels; graphic arts, including photography, paintings, illustrations, design, and sculpture; architecture and the depiction of architecture in visual media; the performing arts, including music, choreography and (musical) theatre; (video) games and gaming culture; fandom studies in all media and communities; as well as transformative texts such as mashups and viral marketing and audience/reception studies concerning audiences for any medium or genre of the fantastic.

Division head: Tom Reiss
Munich, Germany
iafa.div.vpaa@fantastic-arts.org

Tom Reiss received his doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in 2015 and has since published his dissertation on the semiotics of the Fantastic, particularly in the works of Franz Kafka and Murakami Haruki, as a monograph. He is currently busying himself as a freelance writer, editor and translator, working – among others – for the Bavarian Refugee Council’s quarterly, “Hinterland”, as well as “Media Observations”, a Munich-based online journal for Culture and Media studies.

His research and publications focus mainly on Critical Theory, Culture and Media Studies (particularly Video Game Studies), European Romanticist and Decadence Literature, Global Postmodernism, Semiotics, Psychosemiology and – forsooth! – the Fantastic in all its beautiful shapes and forms.

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