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16th-Jan-2013 09:45 am

Two more Arisia Lit Track panels are down to two participants.

Sunday at 2:30pm: Erasure is Not Equality: "A discussion of the erasure of people of color in history-based SF/F. Good writers research their subject matter, so why are we seeing SF/F set in the Old West, major cities, or anywhere that doesn't include the actual POC who were present and part of the historical record? Everything from the Moors in Scotland to Chinese laborers in the Old West to Africans in the Roman Empire will be discussed."

Saturday at 8:30am: Faeries of Color: Tales of the Fae Beyond Europe: "People often think of fairy tales as stories from British or Western European cultures, but what about Asia and Central Asia? The Middle East? Africa? American Indians and First Nations? These cultures have equivalent fairy tales that address our human relationship to the wild/natural world and reflect important cultural elements that define a society's values. What can these fairy tales teach us?"

I will be picky about who gets on that first one. You need to write me a little "this is why I should be on that".

If you can help, please let me know ASAP! Again, this is for people who are already Arisia panelists. I cannot comp you in at this late date.
16th-Jan-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
I hope you find people. I would love to hear what comes out of the second of those.
16th-Jan-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
You already know I'm interested in the first one, but here's why I should be on the panel: OH MY GOD I'm so sick of the "But there weren't any PoC in the area at the time!" excuse. I've seen it come up in LARPs and it's in media all the damn time (See: Brave for the most recent example). It's ridiculous, especially since they're making this media for a modern audience that will contain PoC. So erasing PoC from history is bad on two counts- 1) it's alienating members of its potential audience, and 2) it's just lazy research. Sure, I get that the American-centric audience might be all "why are there black people in X non-US situation" because black people are equated in minds to "former slaves" which you can't have without American slavery and America etc etc, but it's still wrong.

[rant over, hope it was sufficient to prove my reasons! Also, y'know. It's good to have more PoC who care about PoC topics on a panel?]
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16th-Jan-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Funny thing about history is, it tends to favor inclusion rather than exclusion. And when you figure an empire like the Romans into the equation, the odds that every type of body was every sort of where (w/in the empire, and maybe even a little outside of it) get increasingly close to 1.
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