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Gynacon Panels
hairy legged feminist
babalon_93 wrote in gynaecon
Proposed Panels

Here are the proposed panels/discussions so far, what would be great is for people to indicate which panels they would like to see go ahead, which two or three they think have the greatest appeal to the wider swancon community and would therefor be best to have on the main program, which you would prefer to see in a more protected space, those you would like to see as a formal panel and those you think would be best as a round table discussion with a nominated moderator.

It is probably polite for us to decide on which ones we would like on the main program before the 18th, which is when I believe Black_Samvara was planning to finalize for printing :)



Wheres the salad?

Why is the food on a spaceship so terrible? Why can't they grow hydroponic veggies? And why can't they eat off nice plates? Sure, it has to be institutional food, but do they always have to be rudely gobbling what looks like gruel off tin plates? Is it some kind of masculinisation of the space that they inhabit? I am interested in the way that science fiction presents living arrangements is by default masculine. What would a chick ship look like?

Being Neo--Western culture and individualist society.

Western culture seems very much focused on the idea of 'the one', an ideal where the individual can be anything if only they work hard enough. Many of our laws are focused on personal responsibility and liability. Even our governments attitude to the global problem of climate change (or the Howard government's at least) has been centered around individual action--how *you* can solve climate change by turning appliances off at the switch and using fluro light bulbs rather than looking at more effective public transport or reducing industry emissions.
Many of our popular story tropes reflect this with the lone hero, or characters seeking their 'one true love'.
This discussion will seek to look at the ways the individualist idea is reflected in fiction and popular culture and to examine alternatives--both in fiction and real life.

Preparing for Aussiecon.

It is a rare opportunity. One of the things I want to do is organise a performance of the Norma Hemming play - to go with the launch of her collected short stories and the first presentation of the award in her name.

Performing femininity in fandom
options and consequences. ie -what versions of feminity are available to women in fandom and how are people treated as a result.

Agreeing to disagree
not everyone thinks the same way about gender in SF fandom and fiction. Can we find common round; are we desperate to change each others minds; shall we agree to disagree or will we always be at odds?

Strong female characters in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

Something I've been thinking about with both Dollhouse (and Joss Whedon in general) and "Altered Carbon" is the fetishisation of strong women: stories by men where to begin with you go "hey, nice strong female characters" but after a while you realise they (a)Actually don't have much agency and are very much controlled by the plot and male characters Important Emotional Arc (b)Are objectified and (c)Are all the same
But that's just off the top of my head.

the uses of rape, sexual assault and abuse in sf/f


race for the other- in the light of 'racefail'


Stephipenguin's panel that got eaten last year
 


Edit to add: Some late panel suggestions

History of gynaecon panel

ABA report by Fred_Mouse

Gender in New Who

The Dollhouse one should I think be a general "fetishisation of strong women" or if you want to be more specific "fetishisation of strong women by Joss Whedon". Also I like it and think it would suit the program.

I'd be interested in stephie's panel but I know she said she DIDN"T want that on the program.

I also really like the sounds of the Aussiecon and Being Neo panels, and think either would suit the program.

Everything else is ok but doesn't grab me as hard.

agreed. I would like to see the dollhouse one as more general (and I think that was discussed when it was first proposed) and I think it would fit well in the main program.

My other pics for the main program are:

Aussiecon, Being Neo, and where's the salad--all as moderate discussions rather than formal panels.

Race for the other could be good--but I think this would be better as a formal panel and I think it would take a lot of work and prep to get it right.

All the rest I am happy to see as guerrilla style hotel room discussions--including stephie's panel for which I will volunteer my room.

The Doctor Who thing I was envisaging as about all of Doctor Who, not just the new series - although it would be valuable to compare and contrast.

I figured there would be a compare and a contrast, which would be good, but I am definitely in favour of narrowing it to the new seasons.

Mind you, I put that suggestion up there after a conversation with mynxii about the companions in new who--so it may have already come up in other places in different forms.

The food one:-) I'd like to see it... can't summon sufficient brainpower to think about where... but I want to go to that one:-)

In the official programme for Swancon I would like to see the food one and performing femininity.

I am also interested in the being neo one, and the whedon one, and of course my own if i can remember what I was going to say.

Firstly, thank you so much for posting this. I was just going to do it tonight. Seem to be running perpetually behind time at the moment.

The Aussiecon thing was a general call for feminist things people want to see on the program.

I'd like to go to the ABA panel, the gender in Who one, te Aussiecon one, the race one and the food one.

I think I'd put Aussiecon and Who on the main program. I thinkt he race and the sexual violence things should be in safe places.

Guys, I vote for Performing femininity and either the Dr Who or or strong women one on the formal program.

The race and sexual violence need small, safe spaces I think.

Also, I have spoken to cupidsbow about a round table, safe space chat on how being a feminist fan has impacted on our fannish standings and reputations.

gynaecon retrospective - it's our 10th anniversary next year, so that would be a great time for a retrospecive.

btw -my aunt died last week and I thought I was fine, but I'm not so may not be around to contribute for a few days.

I am thinking of you with much love honey.

*gentle cuddle*

I'll make a cake!
Plus, *hugs*

I love the 'Wither Now' idea for a where Gynaecon came from and where to from now, except I notice baby_elvis's comment about next year being the 10th anniversary - which does seem like a particularly good time to do something like that :)

I'm still interested in being on the Doctor Who one - I can only talk about the new seasons which was partly my interest in the limitation - angriest you could come and talk about it if it doesn't end up on the main programme :P

This is one of the few fannish things I think I could say stuff about - aka I had huge reactions and thoughts about all of the new companions, so this is interesting to me.

I'm interested in most of the other ideas up above, but realistically may not get to see very many of them.

That said, I'm still in a state of emotional heartbreak with swancon so maybe I will see more than I expect to even being on the organising committee?

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gynaecon rocks. I can't wait. Which reminds me i need to answer a FB message about it.

I like being Neo, and 'fetishisation of strong female characters' for the main program.

Although I suggested the wheres the salad one, I really don't have much to say on the topic - it was a bit of a chuck an idea out there thing.

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