The IAFA Student Caucus

The official student group within the IAFA is open to graduate, as well as undergraduate students. The caucus, SCIAFA for short, sponsors a mentor program (see below), a panel (see below), and social activities at ICFA. 

The purpose of the SCIAFA is to foster and promote growth, scholarship, and fellowship among the student members of the IAFA and to address the needs of students working in the field of the Fantastic, by establishing mentoring and other programs, through coordinating efforts with the main body of the IAFA. Organizational documents are here.

Contact: For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact one of the Student Caucus Representatives to the Executive Board of the IAFA (see below).

Newcomer Meet-up, ICFA 34, photo by Bill Clemente

Mentor Program: The Joint SCIAFA/IAFA Mentoring Program is aimed at helping student scholars to find their way around the ICFA, discover the natural friendliness of the conference as quickly as possible, use the ICFA as an entrance into existing scholarly communities concerned with the fantastic, and leave with fond memories of the supporting organization and plans to return.

IAFA David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award: (formally the Graduate Student Award) One award is presented to the student who has submitted the best paper to the IAFA Emerging Scholar Award Judges. The paper selected will be published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Please note that acceptance of a paper for the Conference does not guarantee an award. You can find more information about the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award here.

Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award) The $500 award will go to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student. The winner will be invited to the IAFA annual Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL, and the winning story will be considered for publication in Asimov’s science fiction magazine. Information is available here.

SCIAFA ICFA Panel: Each ICFA during the annual SCIAFA meeting, IAFA student attendees are asked for input on a pragmatic panel they would like to see for students at the next ICFA. Past panels have included such topics as “How to Publish a Paper,” “Applying for Graduate Schools,” and “Getting a Job.” If you have suggestions for next year’s panel please contact the current SCIAFA representative at iafa.studentcaucus@fantastic-arts.org.

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IAFA/SCIAFA Mentoring Program

Since 2001, the IAFA Student Caucus (SCIAFA) and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) have sponsored a Mentoring Program aimed at helping student scholars to find their way around ICFA, discover the natural friendliness of the conference as quickly as possible, use ICFA as an entrance into existing scholarly communities concerned with the fantastic, and leave with both fond memories of the supporting organization and plans to return. The success of this program depends upon its volunteer participants. IAFA and SCIAFA will be co-sponsoring a designated space where mentors and mentees can meet just before the opening Conference Reception (designated the “Newcomer Meet-up” in the program). Attendance at this meeting is the primary task to be undertaken by both mentor and mentee. The mentor-mentee pairs will be matched up by the current SCIAFA representative. New conference attendees who have not signed up for the mentoring program are also welcome to attend the “Newcomer Meet-up” to be informally mentored by the two SCIAFA representatives, Samantha Baugus and Shelby Cadwell.

Applying for the program: To join the mentoring program for 2019, email the following information to Shelby Cadwell at iafa.studentcaucus2@fantastic-arts.org.

Name: ________________________________________

E-mail address: ________________________________________

Institutional affiliation (if any): ________________________________________

Main interests in the field of the fantastic: ________________________________________

Projected arrival at ICFA: ________________________________________

Projected departure: ________________________________________

Will you be available for the Wednesday evening meet-up? Yes or No

Which role are you signing up for, mentor or mentee? ________________________________________

Download a copy of the questionnaire here: Mentorship Questionnaire

Student Caucus Representative

Samantha Baugus

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA


Samantha Baugus is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida. Her disseration examines talking animals in contemporary science fiction and fantasy, investigating the ways language functions as a measure of subjectivity in human-nonhuman relationships. More broadly speaking she is interseted in representations of animals in science fiction and fantasy literature and film and how these representations complicate and dissolve supposedly clear demarcations around the definition of "person." She has a secondary (but related) interested in environment and climate, especially in how definitions of "human" and "person" alter in light of environmental and climate change and destruction.

iafa.studentcaucus@fantastic-arts.org


Student Caucus Vice-Representative

Shelby Cadwell

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA


Shelby Cadwell is a Ph.D candidate in English/Film & Media Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Her dissertation focuses on the terrestrial ecologies of mundane, feminist, and queer Afrofuturisms. 

iafa.studentcaucus2@fantastic-arts.org




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