I like being involved in convention programming and am happy that Wiscon decided to use me on a couple of items, this year. Some of the titles I'm seeing in the final program draft look interesting. (Can I say this and not get drummed out? The first program draft seemed like a list of free-associated fragments -- each one prefixed by "the feminist perspective on." Like adding "in bed" to fortune cookie fortunes: "British Hugo Winners," "the cosmology of Firefly," "the psychopathology of M. John Harrison," "aliens in Doctor Who." But I guess this is part of the Wiscon process.)
Who Wants a Revolution? Will a Reform Do? (Politics, Religion, and Money)
Saturday, 9:00-10:15 p.m. Saturday, 9:00-10:15 p.m. in Senate A
At the radical caucus panel last year, we spent a great deal of time discussing the idea of radical politics and discovered that there is a wide notion of "radical." Much of the discussion hinged on differences between incremental change and radical change. To many, a world without hierarchical thinking [racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.] is still only a dream. How do we balance the inertia of the status quo with the frustration of "if only.. . .?" How can we affect change [great or small], and what role can our interests in SFF play?
I like this item that they picked me for. I like being a "human being helper" better than being an argumentative s-f geek, when someone reminds me how to do it. I suppose the panel might also morph into a tv treatment of s-f fans starting the revolution while hiding in basements. (There we'll be in November 2008, clutching reconstructed ballot results while the TV announces Dick Cheney's promise to hold "legitimate" elections.) But with the other listed panel participants, it probably won't go that way.
The other item? Well ....
The Death of the Panel (Reading SF&F)
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Sunday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Senate B
Gwenda Bond has declared that the Panel is Dead (you know, like the Novel and Science Fiction). Is it? And if so should we revive it? And how would we go about reviving this arcane art form without it Dying again?
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Watch out! It's
"The Death of Panels"
S/t/o/l/e/n/ sampled from the portfolio of Dejan Šparovec.