[EDIT 02-27-2015: There’s been a change, I am no longer on the “When your traveler is my colonizer” panel on Friday. I suggested the panel waaaaay back in 2014 and offered to be a panelist on the condition that I not be included at the expense of people who aren’t 100% descended from colonizers. After the initial schedule came out someone else (who is one of my favorite panelists and literary critics) who isn’t as lily-white as I am became available and I have been enthusiastically dropped from the line-up. That said, even though I won’t be on the panel, I plan to be in the audience and You should be too.]
FOGcon 5 is March 6-8, 2015, which means it’s just about a month from now. It’s hands-down my favorite con. Why? Because it’s full of thoughtful, progressive people who like discussing stories about dragons and lasers through a feminist, intersectional lens. It’s just wonderful and I feel so lucky that it happens every year right in my back yard.
This time around I am on two panels, and they’re hella intersectional:
WHEN YOUR TRAVELER IS MY COLONIZER
Friday, March 6, 4:30-5:45pm
Themes of travel, exploration, and colonization are intertwined with one another in genre fiction and are often glamorized as “classic adventure”. But every colonist is also a colonizer. What happens if we remove or subvert the “colonial gaze” when we look at these stories? Which stories offer a post-colonial perspective or critique of the ideology of exploration and colonization? How does a modern fan best interact with the more old-fashioned and unreformed examples of this staple of genre fiction?
EAT PRAY LOVE BARSOOM-STYLE
Sunday, March 8, 1:30-2:45pm
From John Carter of Mars to Jake Sully of Pandora, many heroes in science fiction and fantasy travel to an alien world and “find themselves” by becoming the best Martian (or Pandoran, or…) there ever was and saving the day for his new “tribe.” Why does this story remain popular despite having very troubling implications about race and cultural appropriation? Which stories or authors have managed tales of a protagonist immersed in an unfamiliar culture in a sensitive way?
If you’re going to FOGcon next month, I’m looking forward to seeing you. If you’re not, please give it some thought for this year or next. I think you’ll like it a lot.