June 1st, 2014

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Wiscon Panel Report: Reconciliation within SFF

Reconciliation Within SF/F

Tracks: Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Fandom as a Way of Life)
Description: N.K. Jemisin's Guest of Honor speech at Continuum 2013 included a call for a Reconciliation within SF/F. "It is time that we recognized the real history of this genre, and acknowledged the breadth and diversity of its contributors.…[I]t's time we took steps—some symbolic, some substantive—to try and correct those errors. I do not mean a simple removal of the barriers that currently exist within the genre and its fandom, though doing that's certainly the first step. I mean we must now make an active, conscious effort to establish a literature of the imagination which truly belongs to everyone." What would a Reconciliation look like? How can we start one? How can we grow one?

NK Jemisin (NKJ) - Moderator
Eileen Gunn (EG)
Andrea Hairston (AH)
Debbie Notkin (DN)
Michi Trota (MT)

Twitter hashtag: #SFFReconciliation

[My notes aren't a complete transcription and may represent my own language rather than the actual words of the panelists. I welcome corrections. I did not identify all audience commenters by name. If you said something I paraphrased here and want your name to be used, please comment or send me a private message.]

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation promoting reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our vision is for everyone to wake to a reconciled, just and equitable Australia. Our aim is to inspire and enable all Australians to contribute to reconciliation and break down stereotypes and discrimination.
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I liked this panel a lot, and it was great to start my Wiscon with this panel and end it with N.K. Jemisin's Guest of Honor speech on Sunday night. Perfectly bracketed.

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