CFP: WisCon 31: Feminist Science Fiction Convention (2/19/07; 5/25/07-5/28/07)

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Joan Haran
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WisCon 31 - May 25 - 28 2007: Call for Paper Proposals for Academic Track

WisCon 31, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention,
will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 - 28, 2007, at the
Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, USA. WisCon
encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating to
feminism, gender, race and class. The convention honors writers,
editors and artists whose work explores these themes and whose voices
have opened new dimensions and territory in these issues. As well as
an extensive program of fan and author oriented events, WisCon has a
track of academic programming that is open to undergraduate,
postgraduate and independent scholars. We invite individual papers
and panel presentations on science fiction and fantasy, with an
emphasis on issues of feminism, gender, race, and class. Scholarly
work on fandom is also invited. We especially welcome papers on the
work of this year's guests of honor, Kelly Link and Laurie J. Marks.

The due date for proposals of 250 - 300 words is Monday, February 19,
2007. For panels, one abstract of 250 - 300 words should be submitted
by each panel member. They should be sent to the convener of academic
programming at

Please note that academic panels have a total duration of 75 minutes.
As an individual speaker, you should therefore expect that your
maximum allotted speaking time will be 20 minutes with 5 minutes for
questions. If you would like to give a longer presentation, this will
be considered, subject to space availability in the academic program.
At WisCon 30, however, the space was fully occupied with 3 papers per
session. So if you would like to suggest a more extensive
presentation and / or a participatory session, please do consider
submitting a suggestion to the General Program Ideas team who have a
much earlier deadline of Sunday, January 21, 2007.

For detailed information about WisCon, the world's leading feminist
science fiction convention, see:

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