The Vampires of New England Series--Inanna Arthen



Rewriting The Rules


December 28, 2012

My schedule for Arisia ’13

This is my tentative (i.e. subject to change, although I hope it won’t) schedule for Arisia, which will take place over Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 18-21 2013, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA.

 

Friday, January 18

8:30 p.m. Vampires: Fear of the Other, Fear of the Body
“Scholars of vampire literature have alleged that early traditions of the vampire in Europe reflect fears of Jews, both religiously and racially. Yet over time, the vampire has morphed. Rather than representing fear of societal dilution, the vampire represents destruction of the individual body, and concepts of the “blood disease” as like unto AIDS began to enter the zeitgeist. Rather than express fear of the other, more modern vampire literature embraces the other.” With Mark L. Amidon, Susan Hanniford Crowley (m), Genevieve Iseult Eldredge and Gail Z. Martin.

Saturday, January 19

11:30 a.m. Paganism 101
[moderator] “What does it mean to be pagan? What resources are available for pagans in their communities? Our panelists discuss how they came to their tradition, how paganism impacts their daily life, and what challenges and rewards they experience as a modern pagan.” with D. Cameron Calkins, Ken Gale, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor.
1:00 p.m. Hoodoo, Voodoo & the Bullshit That Authors Do
“A discussion of the depiction of Santeria, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and other such practices. They are often co-opted and commodified by outsiders who don’t respect them or the practitioners. Adding someone else’s beliefs to your story to “spice” things up is a risky practice, especially when you don’t have any connection to the community. We will also discuss oral traditions and why relying on books written by anthropologists instead of actual practitioners is a terrible idea.” With Andrea Hairston (m), Mikki Kendall and Daniel José Older.

Sunday, January 20

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Fantasy Outside the City Limits
“There’s epic (or secondary-world) fantasy, and then there’s urban fantasy, right? Well, what about contemporary fantasy outside the city? There’s a growing strain of excellent rural fantasy, but has fantasy touched suburbs or small towns? Come discuss the best contemporary fantasy outside the city limits!” With Vikki Ciaffone (m), Gail Z. Martin, Sabrina Vourvoulias and Trisha Wooldridge.
2:30 p.m. Magickal Traditions: A Review
“Like most mainstream religious faiths, there is a wide variety in the practices and beliefs of modern pagans, neo-pagans, and heathens. In this panel, some of them will talk about what they do and believe.” With Jessie Belisle, Catherine Kane, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor (m).
4:00 p.m. Beyond the Fringe
“The final season of “Fringe” has ended. Is this the great unsung SF series of the past few years? What do we make of the show and its odd take on Boston? Are we satisfied with its conclusion or did they blow it? And is Walter the character on TV you’d most like to have a strawberry milkshake with?” With Thomas Boutilier, PJ Letersky, Melina M.Gunnett (m) and Susan Soares.

Monday, January 21

10:00 a.m. Bullying in Fandom
“The fannish community claims to be anti-bullying, but online forums and message boards often teem with racist, sexist, and homophobic banter. Other groups, such as Furries, also face harassment. Minorities often encounter offensive comments and even threats of physical violence when criticizing an aspect of geek culture (such as depictions of people like them in a popular work). Why is bullying so prevalent in the community? How can we make fandom a more welcoming and respectful place for all?” With Melissa Kaplan, Lindsay Moore, KT Pinto (m) and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
11:30 a.m. The Undead and the People That Love Them
[moderator] “The undead are everywhere these days. Books, movies and TV are full of shows about them. Where is all this coming from? Why do we love our undead monsters so much?” With Susan Hanniford Crowley, James D. Macdonald, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
1:00 p.m. READING
I’m sharing a 75-minute time slot with KT Pinto and Michelle D’Entremont. I’ll be reading from my forthcoming novel All the Shadows of the Rainbow.
2:30 p.m. The Ephemeral City
“Festivals like Burning Man, Pennsic, and Rainbow Gatherings are huge annual events that bring together thousands of people for a short period, creating entire cities with their own economy and politics. What is the draw of a temporary society? What do these gatherings bring to the participants? How do they challenge “mundane” society? What are they really like, and what stays with you?” With Terry Franklin, Toni Lay and Meredith Schwartz (m).

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