Sirens programming

So a) I’m going to Sirens again, and b) once again, I have no idea what I should do there, programming-wise. This year’s theme is Monsters, but I’m not sure what I could do on that topic; on the flip side, while I don’t have to stick to that topic, I’m not sure what I could do off it, either.

Any suggestions from the peanut gallery? Workshops, panels or roundtables I could try to recruit other people for, whatever. The deadline for proposals is May 7th, so I need to figure out something soon.

0 Responses to “Sirens programming”

  1. rachelmanija

    Want to come in on a panel on female monsters in anime and manga with and me? If so, email me and I’ll share a brainstorming google doc. Rphoenix2 at gmail.

    • Marie Brennan

      Hmmm. My knowledge of anime and manga is narrow — but otoh, if that panel would be an appropriate time to talk about the “women with swords inside them” motif, I’m totally game.

      • rachelmanija

        We’re trying to keep it slightly narrower than “any women with magic or superpowers.” We’re thinking along the lines of non-human, or society sees them as monstrous, or they see themselves as monstrous, or they look really weird, something like that.

        Are you familiar with any of these:

        Fullmetal Alchemist, Claymore, Fruits Basket, Spirited Away, Soul Eater, Mushishi, Afterschool Nightmare? Or any others with monstrous women?

        • Marie Brennan

          Only Spirited Away, out of that list. What I’m familiar with mostly consists of: Rurouni Kenshin, X:1999, Tokyo Babylon, Ooku, Cowboy Bebop, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Miyazaki’s films, and small amounts of Le Chevalier D’Eon and Princess Tutu. None of which seem to do the monstrous-female thing much.

          By “women with swords in them,” I’m interested in the way those women don’t have magic or superpowers — they’re just the sheaths that contain weapons for others, and the weirdifying effects of that — but yeah, it doesn’t seem quite in line with your topic. Alas. 🙁

          • rachelmanija

            …why don’t you do your own anime panel? I’m sure there’s enough interest for two.

          • Marie Brennan

            See above about my knowledge being very narrow. I don’t really know the field well enough.

          • rachelmanija

            What about a panel on fight scenes? (As opposed to the workshop you did last year.)

          • esotaria

            they’re just the sheaths that contain weapons for others

            I would love to see/participate in something about that! (Anime/manga related or otherwise) I see it pop up in a lot of the stuff I read/watch and it’d be interesting to explore it further.

            Also, if you ever have time, I highly recommend reading Full Metal Alchemist! Amazingly complex plotting and a diverse array of strong female characters.

    • starlady38

      Butting in to say that I’d love to be on the panel, if you’re still looking for people and you’d want me. Should I send you an email?

  2. Anonymous

    How about “people as monsters”?

    Or you could go all anthropological and discuss the relationship between unconscious racism and nonhuman monster races.

    • ninja_turbo

      Along this thread, it could be time to bring in the ‘Fish in a Barrel’ critique of depictions of Drow as the gaping black hole of otherness.

  3. Anonymous

    hey! me too!! dammit, i really need to put together some kind of panel or roundtable already. i’m on a publishing-related panel already, but i was thinking a biographical presentation about historical female sff writers (playing off the line in POSSESSION that the “monster” is the female writer ;).

    drop me an email if you happen to want to collaborate. i’m happy to NOT do something publishing-related (or to do something publishing-related, either way). or i’m ALWAYS good for a WoT-fest, as well you know. email is (no pressure)

  4. Anonymous

    oh i could also easily/happily do a japanese-related thing. japanese monsters? japanese women sff writers?

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