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15 February 2011 @ 08:34 am
Time to Brainstorm!  
A few folks chatted last weekend about their ideas for programming. Please feel free to use this post to...

1) Give away ideas that you can't use yourself.

2) Adopt topics that you'd like to propose yourself.

3) Seek out co-presenters for proposals (all presentation types except roundtables, which should have only one moderator).

We'll post a roundup next week, if you don't think of something right away. Remember, nearly all programming is presented by Sirens attendees, and we encourage you to take an active role in addressing the idea of "monsters" and women in fantasy.

Have questions? We're happy to help. You can leave them in the comments or send them to (programming at sirensconference.org). You can also write to (help @ sirensconference.org) with general questions.
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on February 15th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Indian Mythology
shveta_thakrar and I want to do a panel on Indian (from India, not Native American) myth and folklore. Does anyone have an interest and/or expertise in the subject, and might be interested in doing it with us?

Note: The terms "mythology" and "folklore" are used in the technical sense of "sacred stories" and "knowledge of the people," and not in the colloquial sense of "untruths." The use of those terms is not intended to cast any aspersions on the credence or truth of the ideas and beliefs. Many of these stories are part of living religious traditions, and are respected as such.

If you discuss this proposed panel outside of this group, please repeat this note when you do so.
Negotiation Barbiepraetorianguard on February 15th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
I had an interesting discussion with someone the other day about whether portrayals of women in fiction need to be positive and/or responsible in order to be feminist. (The book in question was Dia Reeves's Bleeding Violet.) I don't have the women's studies chops to present this, but I'd love to see someone else do so. :)

I'd also really love to see someone take on the concept of the monstrous feminine. I know just enough to be dangerous, but it's so applicable to this year's theme!
The Katanasmilie117 on February 16th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I do not have the background for this line of thought, but it might be interesting if there's something about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and how that has influenced the works that came after her.

It also might be interesting to have a discussion about some of people's favorite monster stories - vampires, werewolves would be fine but perhaps looking for the monsters that are not so obvious.
Tour Guide Barbie: book addictkinderjedi on February 16th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
I'd like to see a good, juicy discussion on Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. In particular, debating whether Rochester or Bertha is the real 'monster', if indeed there is one in the books.
Faye: bookfairydanceswithwaves on February 16th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
How about a discussion on the various stories of Beauty and the Beast? It seems to be one of the frequently re-told fairy tales -- what's the allure of this fairy tale as compared to others?

Also, what elements of a story make it "Beauty and the Beast like" -- for instance, my sister thinks that Anne Bishop's Sebastian is a Beauty and the Beast story, but it's told from the guy's point of view and has no physical change in its conclusion.
General Mandageneralmanda on February 16th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to see a presentation on how female characters often associated with or labeled as monsters have been portrayed in artwork, cover art, etc. I was looking at different pictures of Furies last fall as I was working on NaNoWriMo and it was really interesting to see how they looked at different points of history. I'm sure there are several characters or character types that also have an interesting visual evolution!
thistle in greythistleingrey on February 17th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I kind of want someone to talk about lamias, who are in some significant respects the opposite of the pre-twentieth-century vampire (male). Or do both, with Le Fanu's Carmilla....
thistle in greythistleingrey on February 17th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Or, you know, *the* Lamia. Or Melusine....