I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing on two panels at Sirens, a conference exploring the role of women in fantasy, this year in Denver, Colorado. I’m very excited about both panels and looking forward to delving into some complex subjects with my esteemed copanelists. I cannot recommend Sirens enough as a small, intimate conference that always generates fascinating and wonderful conversations inside and outside of its rich, imaginative programming.
The Great Big Interfaith Dialogue
Moderator: Amy Tenbrink
Panelists: s.e. smith, Gillian Chisom, Kate Elliott, Shveta Thakrar
What happens when an atheist, a Jew, a Hindu, and a Christian walk into a panel? Find out in this discussion of faith, collaboration, humanity, and the role of faith in real life as well as fictional faith, cataclysmic social change, and more. Panelists will discuss the role of faith in both new and beloved fantasy texts in addition to exploring the incorporation of religion in worldbuilding.
The Iconoclastic Revolutionary
Moderator: Jennifer Udden
Panelists: s.e. smith, Rae Carson, Kate Elliott, Andrea J. Horbinski, Jennifer Michaels
In the midst of “strong female characters” going it on their own, what happens to cooperative fellowship, shared labor, and the femme side of being revolutionary? How do female villains play a role in revolutionary narratives? The revolution often begins at home, and the lone heroine approach devalues many female experiences and forms of labor. Hermione, Katniss, Maleficent, and Sansa all have their place—let’s talk about what real heroines and villains look like and why only some are celebrated.
A full list of panel programming is available on the Sirens website. I hope to see you there!