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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Arisia! 
28th-Sep-2011 09:31 am
Busy
I must finalize my Literature track this week! As usual, I want it to be diverse and comprehensive, so if there's something you think we should be discussing at Arisia, please stick it in the comments here!

Also, registration goes up on the 30th, so register now if you haven't already!
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28th-Sep-2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Women and weird fiction w/ authors like Caitlin R. Kiernan and Shirley Jackson!

(and damnit, I'd so love to go.)
28th-Sep-2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Can you write me up a panel description? I will use it! :)
28th-Sep-2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Question:

I sent the following query to arisia.reg@gmail.com and registration@arisia.org, and have heard no response.

I was on five panels last year. I paid for registration, and then they told me I could have got it comped, but too late, I already paid, and they could not refund my money. I intend to be on about that many panels this year, so I will be eligible to be comped again, but since I can't get refunded, I do not want to pay.

What should I do?

Edited at 2011-09-28 08:28 pm (UTC)
29th-Sep-2011 02:00 am (UTC)
For those reading along and wondering, spacehawk received a response within 48 hours of her e-mail being sent.

Program participants who are on enough panels to get a comp get registered by programming in December. Those who are on less panels than needed for a comp get an opportunity to purchase a membership at the registration rate that was available when the panelist invitations went out. Panelists who pay for a membership and then earn a comp are offered the option to transfer their membership to another person for that convention.

-Kris "nchanter" Snyder
Head of Arisia Registration
29th-Sep-2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for the explanation here and for getting back to me. When I saw shadesong's post here about the deadline, I became concerned I would miss the deadline, and thus inquired here as well. But all is clear now! ^_^

Also, despite what my costuming choices at Arisia may imply, or whatever pronouns I have used in the past or may use in the future, my preferred pronoun in fandom circles is he.
30th-Sep-2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
my preferred pronoun in fandom circles is he.

So noted!
5th-Oct-2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!

So, I was looking over the panel selection today, signing up! And I could not find a single panel about race in SF. Is it too late to add one (or several)? I would not like to see a year go by at Arisia where there were no panels on this very important subject, especially after such rich conversation was had last year (on panels and in the CBS).
5th-Oct-2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Give me a/some precis!
5th-Oct-2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I would love to!

So that I do not have to retype a whole lot of stuff, is there some way you could link me to/email me last year's Arisia program schedule? That way I can cut and paste what went on last year, and add in a few new suggestions, too. My email address can be found on the profile page of my LJ.

Thank you so much.
5th-Oct-2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, never mind, I found it. DOH.
5th-Oct-2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Here is what took place last year:

Race and Identity in SF/F — 1hr 15min — Paine (2)

Does genre literature have tools and tropes uniquely suited to complex discussions about race and identity? Is the very notion of a post-racial society hopelessly naive?

Species as Analogy for Race — 1hr 15min — Quincy (2)

"Avatar," "District 9" and even "Star Trek" are among recent SF films that have offered us aliens who arguably are standing in for real races or ethnic groups. How does SF film handle racial issues? Is it a way of avoiding painful topics or a way of addressing them by other means?

Carl Brandon Society Awards Ceremony — 2hr — Commonwealth Ballroom C (1W)

The Carl Brandon Society presents their Kindred and Parallax Awards for 2008 and 2009. The Carl Brandon Parallax Award is given to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color. The Carl Brandon Kindred Award is given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group.

Race & Gender Politics in Comics — 1hr 15min — Hancock (2)

How have politics influenced comics? What can't you believe saw print? Conversely, how do politics affect the writers, artists, and editors who publish our beloved books?

FAIL!!! — 1hr 15min — Quincy (2)

Racefail, Open Source Boob Project… how do we keep stepping in it? What is it we're stepping in?

Writing and Racial Identity — 1hr 15min — Revere (2)

What does your race have to do with what you write? Depending on your race, are certain topics forbidden to you? Obligatory? None of the above? If your race matters, how do you know what it is? By what people see when they look at you, or by what you know of your genetic background? By your cultural upbringing? By what you write?

Writing the Other Writer's Workshop — 3hr — Independence (3E)

Nisi Shawl teaches a hands-on writing class featuring exercises and explorations of ways to create believable characters of a different race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability. Participants will be asked to bring some of their own writing to work on, but sharing is not required. Attendance is limited to 15 people. Sign up on our website at: http://2011.arisia.org/NisiShawlSignup A sign-up sheet will be available in Progam Nexus at con if spaces are open.

Avoiding Culturefail — 1hr 15min — Adams (3W)

How can writers best avoid creating simplistic or hurtful imaginary cultures? How can you avoid portraying real world cultures without resorting to stereotypes? Is doing research enough? Where do you start?

Many of these were hugely popular -- the one I moderated, for instance (Avoiding Culturefail) had at at least 50 people present, and they wanted to stay for longer than the hour and 15 minutes!

I will send you new suggestions later today.
7th-Oct-2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Only the first one (and fae of color, below) are from my track - but they've run for a few years in a row, and I'm trying to not repeat panels in consecutive years. New panels, though, I'm very open to!
7th-Oct-2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
OK, then after Yom Kippur I will send you a bunch of suggested new panels! I am going to ask for suggestions from friends so we can get lots of new ideas.

Not all of them will be for your track, so if you could please pass the ideas on to whoever runs those tracks, I would really appreciate it.
6th-Oct-2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Also:

Faeries of Color: Tales of the Fae Beyond Europe — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)

People often think of fairytales as stories from British or Western European cultures, but what about Asia and Central Asia? The Middle East? Africa? American Natives? All of these cultures have equivalent fairytales that address our human relationship to the wild/natural world and reflect important cultural elements that define a society's values. What are some things all cultures share in defining humanity, and what can fairytales teach us about the differences?
30th-Sep-2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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