WisCon 39!

It’s officially my favourite time of the year again:  WisCon time.  Below is both my programming schedule and a handy guide I wrote last year to interacting with me at a convention.

Standards of Care in Conlandia:

  • I am a deeply introverted individual (INTJ with 86% I on the Meyers-Briggs).  Thus, if I am not making eye contact and we are talking – or if I am a part of a discussion circle – but I am not paying express attention to the speaker, please do not assume I am not paying attention.
  • Despite my ancestry, I have a lot of white passing privilege.  Do not, however, assume I am white.
  • For those folks that I have known for a long time, I will give hugs.  Please ask if you are newly known to me before offering or expecting.
  • If I seem grumpy, please ask me if I have eaten recently.  I forget sometimes, and my blood sugar gets low.
  • My programming schedule is below, and I will tag the panels appropriately on Twitter.
  • I am tall, and  I have a rather pleasant (I think) shade of coppery-red hair, and my badge name will be Lady_Nhytefall.
  • Please use she/her pronouns.
  • I think that about covers it…other than to feel free to say Hi. 🙂  See ya’ll in Madison!!

WisCon Programming Schedule:

Beyond the Cookie: How To Be A Great Ally and Recover from Allyship Errors
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Wisconsin

Being an ally has many pitfalls, especially when the going gets tough. Yes, fine, you stood up for (and with) your friend. Have a cookie. Now what? As allies, we will always make mistakes. As decent human beings, we keep on making the effort. How can allies take substantive, helpful steps without pulling focus and accidentally making the fight All About Us? And if we screw up, how do we recover from ally mistakes without making the conversation be all about our problems & hurt feelings?

Feminism, Ethics, and BDSM
Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm Senate A

Assuming we can discard the notion that BDSM is automatically unfeminist, what feminist or other ethical issues does BDSM raise? The most obviously-problematic combinations are male dom/female sub, white dom/PoC sub, but do other combinations have their own special issues? What changes (if anything) if one or more participants are trans*?

Science-Compatible Religions in Fiction: An Exploration of Spiritual Traditions Supportive of Intellectual Growth
Sat, 9:00–10:15 pm Senate B

The too-common narrative of “superstition” oppressing rationality calls for a counter-narrative. In real life, Al-Jazari was a Muslim and Darwin was a Christian. West African religious figures include deities dedicated to science and technology. Let’s explore spec-fic books and stories in which spiritual practices help rather than hinder their characters’ use of the scientific method. SF that depicts well the things a religion does in and for society (such as Bujold’s Chalion). Independent of doctrines on-screen, what authors “get” how religions change a world?

Hacking the Kyriarchy: The Shuck-and-Jive and White Woman’s Tears
Sat, 10:30–11:45 pm Senate A

It is possible to use people’s patriarchal assumptions against the patriarchy. How to get in, get what you need, and get gone when the a$$hole with the power is going to presume you have no right to speak, choose what happens, or have an opinion. Useful in cultures where a woman blatantly stepping forward to make noise and claim space can alienate her from support systems. What quiet, powerful actions we can take without The Man noticing?

Anger Is an Energy
Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Capitol A

Tone Argument: The one who yells has lost already. Honey attracts more flies than vinegar. We know all reasons that people give for tamping down the angry energy, but what are the positive aspects of anger in social justice?