CFP: [Gender Studies] WisCon 32, Feminist Science Fiction Convention, May 23 - 26 2008, Madison, Wisconsin

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Joan Haran
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WisCon 32: Call for Paper Proposals for Academic Track
The due date for proposals of 300 words is Monday, January 14, 2008.

WisCon 32, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention, will
be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 - 26, 2008, at the Concourse Hotel
in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

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, Maureen McHugh and L.
Timmel Duchamp. The due date for proposals of 300 words is Monday,
January 14, 2008. For panels, one abstract of 300 words should be
submitted by each panel member: all three panel members, and the panel
title, should be identified by name on each abstract. They should be sent
to the convener of academic programming at In
addition to your preferred paper title and the full abstract, please
supply a short title (60 characters max) and a brief abstract (no more
than 100 words) for inclusion in the program book if your abstract is
accepted. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 31st January 2008
so no extensions to the stated deadline will be available.

WisCon encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating
to feminism, gender, 'race' and class in the context of feminist science
fiction and fantasy. The convention focuses on writers, editors and other
artists, and their work exploring these themes and opening new dimensions
and territory in these issues. As well as an extensive program of fan
and author oriented events, WisCon has a single track of academic
programming that is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and independent
scholars. This track operates very much like a conventional academic
conference, with scholarly presentations based on extensive research.
The use of PowerPoint presentations, the screening of DVDs, or more
performance-oriented presentations is encouraged, subject to the
limitations of time available and the demand on the academic programming
Please note that academic panels at WisCon 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.

However, if you would like to suggest a more extensive presentation and /
or a participatory session, please do consider submitting your ideas to
WisCon by filling in a Program Idea Submission Form. This online form
can be found at

WisCon programming tracks have been restructured this year, under the
headings of: Reading, Viewing and Critiquing Science Fiction; Feminism and
Other Social Change Movements; Power, Privilege and Oppression; Politics,
Spirituality and Organized Religion; The Craft and Business of Writing
Science Fiction, and Science and Technology. Detailed descriptions of
the type of programming solicited for each track can be found on the
WisCon website

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

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