I’m going to be at LonCon over the next few days so thought I’d post my schedule in case anyone would like to meet up when I’m there. Be great to see people!
Joy Of Sex
Thursday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL)
Chris Foss is well known to the Loncon 3 community because of his SF art. But his line drawings illustrated the popular sex “cookbook” the Joy of Sex, that helped fan the flames of the sexual revolution. The book was in the top five of the New York Times bestseller list for more than 70 weeks; it was, and remains, one of the most influential sex manuals in history, especially in America and Britain. What led to the creation of this work, what were its influences and what might be done differently today? Chris Foss, Meg Barker (who is currently researching sex manuals) and Bethan Jones (a sexualities researcher), discuss their work.
Challenging Heteronormative Sexuality on Screen
Thursday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)
Two academics each give a 15 minute presentation followed by a 20 minute discussion with the audience.
Bethan Jones, “‘One does not simply wank into Whoredor’: Contesting notions of gender and sexuality in SFF porn parodies”.
Ewan Kirkland, “Monogamy, Heteronormativity and Compulsory Heterosexuality in Recent Science Fiction Cinema”.
Coming out of the Coffin
Thursday 20:00 – 21:00, Capital Suite 4 (ExCeL)
Over the course of its seven seasons, one of the most complex and controversial aspects of True Blood has been its exploration of sex and sexuality. Its vampires are often sexually ambiguous, and the vampire equality movement has been interpreted as allegorising the queer civil rights struggle. But does the show offer a radical and liberated vision of queerness, or negative stereotypes and titilation?
Geek Girls and Wonder Women
Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Fan Activity Tent (ExCel)
Networking/socializing/meet-up of self-indentified women and genderqueer persons at Loncon.
Being a Fan of Problematic Things
Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)
“I know the writer is a sexist, homophobic bigot but I really love this show and I can’t stop watching.” Statements like this are common but they cause very strong reactions with many fans feeling insulted that their idol or favourite television shows are being accused of some pretty harsh things. Others, however, feel offended that the fan is still watching despite these things. In this session we ask how it is possible to still enjoy television programmes, movies, books and the works of controversial creators when we as individuals or community groups consider the subject matter or means of representation problematic. We also ask why some fans react so badly to this criticism and if there is a way to make the bitter pill easier to swallow.
Queer Desires in Fandom
Sunday 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
Reading into texts for instances of gender and sexual non-conformity, whether in the stories of Jesus and his beloved disciple, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and his Merry Men or Sherlock Holmes, has been a long-held practice. Doing so has, for many, provided a rare outlet for accessing the possibility of anything other than heterosexism. Today, fandoms where the primary fan practices involve creating transformative works including reading and writing fanfiction, meta, making and watching vids, and fan art are often considered outlets and safer spaces for explorations of queer desires. These desires include all of those under the queer umbrella, whether relating to genderqueer, queer sexualities, alternative relationship structures, or kinks. In this session we explore the extent to which this is the case or whether it applies to some fandoms and fan cultures more than others.
Sexuality, Film, and Fans
Sunday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)
Two academics each give a 15 minute presentation. These are followed by a jointly held 20 minute discussion.
Adam Scales, “Gay Horror Fans, Bloody-Disgusting and the Struggle for Legitimacy”.
Monika Drzewiecka, “”I Do What I Want, Thor!” Analyzing Loki-centric Slash Fanfiction And Its Relationship With Marvel Canon”.