This Saturday from 1 – 3 pm the Science Fiction Feminisms classes will be holding a “con” – in SF circles short for convention

, but with a humorous edge there too! Such cons are full of fictions, gamings, fantasy, costumes, and role play as well as talks, artwork, serious conversation, and the work of authorship and publication. Our classes’ con is named Whileaway, after the world imagined by iconic feminist SF author Joanna Russ in her classic book The Female Man. Her Whileaway is a world of women only, and in Russ’ hands it is full of poking fun at sexist SF worlds of women waiting for men, and even of feminist assumptions about what women’s natures might be. Our con Whileaway is modeled after another SF con Darkover, where a very different world, imagined by SF author Marion Zimmer Bradley, becomes a venue for playful shared ideas. What Whileaway and Darkover share as cons is a curiosity about what science fiction feminists like Donna Haraway call “worlding,” and indeed worlding is the topic that ties together all the projects that will be presented by students at Whileaway this year! YOU ARE INVITED TO WHILEAWAY! Come with a poster or paper on “Worlding” to share if you like, or with games and costumes to show off, or as an audience to see what the students of Science Fiction Feminisms classes have been doing! IT WILL BE A POTLUCK at the Women’ Studies Multimedia Studio 0135 Taliaferro Hall. SET UPS WILL BEGIN AT 12:30 if you are participating in the con yourself! For more information email Katie King at katking@umd.edu

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