I’ll be at WisCon this weekend, just as I am every year. EVERY YEAR. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you want to find me, here’s my schedule:
Stop, Collaborate and Listen | Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Conference 2
Amal El-Mohtar has a history of collaborating with likeminded souls, from editing a poetry zine to performing with a troupe of writer/musicians to co-writing fiction and beyond. How is it possible to discover fellow travelers and co conspirators across space and time(zones)? What are the benefits of such long distance collaborations, and how do different kinds of collaborative projects come together?
Julia Starkey, K. Tempest Bradford, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney , Max Gladstone
Social Media in 2017 | Sat, 10:30–11:45 pm University C
LiveJournal is now hosted in Russia and doesn’t support HTTPS. Facebook is infected with fake news and trolls (not to mention giving us only random access to what friends have to say). Twitter keeps adding features we don’t want and allowing trolls to flourish. What’s worth using? Is there any way to change the social media landscape?
Rachel Kronick, K. Tempest Bradford, Emma Humphries, Sunny Moraine
How Lazy Writing Recreates Oppression | Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Capitol A
Themes of colonialism and racial oppression are extremely popular in the genre of science fiction. Authors of sci-fi often use the tropes of the genre to explore real issues in the world, however, colonialism and oppression is only alluded to in the fictional elements and not in the elements of the story based in the real world. Practices like color-blind casting are not only lazy but uphold white-default characterizations, stereotypes of marginalized people, and damage the spirit of real diversity and inclusion. On this panel, we will discuss stories like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Who and Star Wars, and how these stories fall short and recreate oppression in their stories through lazy writing, as well as what writers need to be aware of when writing.
Mark Oshiro, K. Tempest Bradford, Nicasio Reed
Reading: Looking for Trouble | Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Michelangelos
I will be reading from my story The Copper Scarab, which will be just out in Clockwork Cairo!
K. Tempest Bradford, Eileen Gunn, Pat Murphy, Nisi Shawl
Steven Universe and Consent | Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Caucus
Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, said the following at San Diego Comic-Con: “It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent. That we speak to kids about identity. There’s so much I have to say about this. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.” Let’s talk about how the show deals with issues of consent, especially in regards to its use of SF ideas like mind-sharing, body-swapping, and fusion. What can we learn from SU about how to (or how NOT to) discuss consent in SF texts? What history is there of discussing consent explicitly in SF, and how does SU connect to it or fail to connect to it? And, going back to Sugar’s comments: how does consent relate directly to identity on SU?
Ty Blauersouth, K. Tempest Bradford, Seth Frost, thingswithwings, JP Fairfield, Jo Vanderhooft
Decentering Whiteness in Fandom | Sun, 10:00–11:15 pm University C
A more in-depth look at how whiteness is always the focus in fandom, fan works in particular. How POC characters are forgotten, written out, killed off by fandom so their white faves who do no more than glance at each other can be together in fanon bliss. How do we de-center the narratives built around minor white characters and problematic faves versus existing POC characters? A hard topic and not for those who think this doesn’t happen.
Tanya D., K. Tempest Bradford, Mark Oshiro