The first WisCon in 1977 honored author Katherine MacLean and Amanda Bankier (editor of the first feminist fanzine, “The Witch and the Chameleon”). In a world in which it was considered progressive for most conventions to schedule a single “Women in SF” panel, WisCon bent fannish traditions by scheduling a whole convention’s-worth of panels addressing many feminist and pointedly left-leaning political topics.
WisCon has grown from a small regional convention to a large, truly international convention, with attendees traveling from all over the world in order to meet other fans and professionals with similar interests. Our convention has grown up to become the annual gathering for the feminist SF community. It also functions as a vibrant meeting place for fans and professionals interested in broader themes of gender, race, and class in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
27.05.2016 at the University of Wisconsin my paper “Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University” will be presented as a part of the Academic Panel: Speculative Pedagogies:
(Unfortunately I won’t be there)
1) “How would you handle the apocalypse?”: Science fiction in the New Zealand classroom (Karen Healey) Teacher and young adult author Karen Healey discusses her use of speculative fiction texts in the English classroom for students aged 12-18, concentrating on the potential of these texts to assist students in making connections, solving problems, and developing engagement and empathy. She explores teaching strategies and learning tasks that were successful (and… those that weren’t). 99% jargon-free! Teachers, parents, teenagers, and all WisCon members encouraged to attend. 2) Be Super (Krystal Kara) Be Super is an initiative that strives to use comic book characters as educational tools to understand social justice issues. The creator will discuss ideas and plans for a non-profit and web-based movement calling for everyone to be the hero within. 3) Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University (Zofia Nierodzinska) “Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University” is the title of my Ph.D. thesis, which I am in a process of writing at the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. The thesis has an essay form, which in some parts should be sung aloud. The presentation has a performative, retro-futuristic character.