Apparitions, Conventions

Wiscon 2013 final schedule

Since I am going to Wiscon this year and do not know when I will ever be going again, I have signed up for panels! Apparently assignments are now final (I don’t know how people know this, or how they have figured out what other panels there are — most of the information I glean about Wiscon is from other people’s Dreamwidth posts).

I shall be on the following panels:

Cultural Appropriation: The View From Outside the West – Sat, 4:00-5:15 pm, Capitol A

M: Daniel José Older. Zen Cho, Oyceter, Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

Let’s discuss cultural appropriation from a more global perspective, from people who belong to non-dominant cultures (i.e., not the US, Canada, Western Europe, or Australia) and cultures for which Western culture is a colonizing influence. From the outside, a culture tends to be perceived as monolithic, whereas from the inside it is usually more fractured. How does this affect our views of cultural appropriation?

Imagining Anti-Racist SFF – Sun, 1:00-2:15 pm, 623

M: Ian K. Hagemann. Zen Cho, Liz L. Gorinsky, Alex Jennings, Shelley Streeby

This is a brainstorming, strategizing, envisioning the future-we-want type discussion. Looking ahead and away from the days of whitewashed covers and racist trolling, we will imagine a literary community and tradition of science fiction and fantasy writers, editors, artists, fans and critics that collectively engage with the world in a proactive, anti-racist way with an analysis that is intersectional, progressive and courageous.

Monstrous Females and Female Monsters – Sun, 4:00-5:15 pm, Capitol B

M: Catherine Lundoff. Zen Cho, Joyce Frohn, Georgie L. Schnobrich, Micole Sudberg

What does it mean for a woman to turn into a monster? Or for a monster to turn out to be female? Lamias, hags, vampires, Grendel’s mother, Medusa, Lilith, even the occasional werewolf—our dreams and nightmares are full of terrifying women. What can we make of these stories? Do they influence our writing, our readings, our movies? What kinds of female monsters terrify you? What kinds would you like to see more of?

I’m kind of excited and also kind of scared!

Cephas said kindly: “I’m sure you’ll be fine. A Cambridge lawyer — (pretending to be me) ‘Yes, but I don’t think you’ve considered the logical fallacy ….'”

Me: “You have an incorrect idea of what my job is like. It’s more like (pretending to be me) ‘Hi, is this the Rolls Building? Er, we sent a bundle down for the hearing, did you get the bundle? No? Could you check? Well, I’m sure we sent a bundle down. Should we send another copy?'”

Anyway — any excuse to read up on pontianak and her sistren! \o/


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