Fast forward four days: here we are at Loncon 3, and you want to find me. But how? The programme is so vast, and the site is enormous (link to the venue guide here.) So here’s my Loncon 3 schedule.
Apart from my programming commitments, I want to fit in a poetry jam session somewhere – hopefully in the open, weather permitting, because then people who aren’t at the con can come along if they wish. This looks like being either Thursday or Sunday – if you’re interested, FB me or watch out for Tweets later.
Thursday 14 August 12 noon-13:00 Fanactivity Tent, Fan Village
An informal art & craft session for Opening Ceremony refuseniks: Ludi Price, Carole Parker, Anne Davenport, Anke Eismann, Thomas Shaner, David Angus and myself will be making stuff and chatting to all comers.
Friday 15 August 10:00-11:00 London Suite 2 (ExCel)
Costume & Cosplay at Worldcon
The roots of the word cosplay can be traced to the 1984 Worldcon in Anaheim, California. It then returned to the Western fan community, notably in anime and videogame fandom, and one now finds cosplayers finding inspiration from all varieties of media and genre. What’s distinctive about “cosplay” as opposed to “costume”? What’s different, and what’s the same? What’s different about cosplay at Worldcon vs a media convention?
Taking part: Aurora Celeste, moderator (M,) Philippa Chapman, Helen McCarthy, Ann Morris, Leslie Johnston
Saturday 16 August 10:00 – 11:00 Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
In this talk, Helen McCarthy will explore how anime such as Hellsing have used portrayals of Britain to explore ideas of Empire and cultural colonisation. The discussion will continue in the panel “A Tale of Two Islands.”
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)
A Tale of Two Islands
Just over 400 years ago, an Englishman first set foot in Japan; today, cultural traffic between these two island nations is very much two-way. One area of exchange, as Helen McCarthy explored earlier today in her talk “Dreaming England”, is the depictions of England in anime and manga. Picking up on the ideas raised in McCarthy’s lecture, why is Englishness — in scrupulous period detail, or garishly ersatz mode — so prevalent in anime, in works such as Princess Sarah, Hellsing, and Black Butler? How are such depictions read — and embraced? — in the UK?
Taking part: Ed Fortune (M), Jade Ka, Helen McCarthy, Amy Young
Saturday 16:30 – 18:00, Art Show (ExCeL)
Artists In Residence
Visit the Art Show to meet our Artists in Residence – talk, buy, see them work!
Taking part: Anke Eissmann, Danny Flynn, Helen McCarthy
Saturday evening: Masquerade
I’m judging! Can’t wait to get up close with those amazing costumes!
Sunday 17 August 10:00 – 11:00, London Suite 2 (ExCeL)
We Can Rebuild You
SF medicine regularly comes up with “cures” for disabled bodies — from Geordi LaForge’s visor to the transfer of Jake Sully’s consciousness in Avatar — but the implications of such interventions are not always thought through as fully as we might hope. How does a rhetoric of medical breakthroughs and scientific progress shape these stories, and shape SF’s representation of lived physical difference? In what ways can SF narratives address dis/ability without either minimising or exaggerating such difference?
Taking part: Cherry Potts (M), Neil Clarke, Tore Høie, Helen McCarthy, Marieke Nijkamp
Monday 18 August 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)
Alternative Readings in British TV (part of Diversity in SF)
Two academics each present a 15 minute paper followed by a 20 minute joint discussion and Q&A with the audience:
- Derek Johnston, “Before Quatermass: The Neglected Beginnings of British TV SF”
- Katherine Woods, “‘It’s a Nice Day to Start Again’: Amy Pond and the Autobiographical Fantasy”
Taking part: Helen McCarthy (M), Derek Johnston, Katharine Woods
Monday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
Comics: The Global Arena
Comic books have a tremendous audience outside of the English language world, but only a small percentage of those titles are available to the West thanks to a few dedicated publishers (and illicit translations available online). What are the best foreign titles currently available in English? And what brilliant volumes are to be recommended to non-English readers? What desperately needs to be translated?
Taking part: Helen McCarthy (M), Michael Burianyk, Klaus Æ. Mogensen, Eric Senabre, Michelle Sagara, Juan Sanmiguel