Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

11 May 2023, 10:52 a.m.

WisCon 2023, In Person

I'm going to be at the feminist scifi/fantasy convention WisCon 2023, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, May 26-29, in person. This'll be my twelfth WisCon, and my ninth one in person.

If you haven't registered yet, you can do that now! This year's WisCon is hybrid in-person and remote, and remote attendees will be able to view some program items live. It is likely no public video recordings will be available. Panels and performances where I'll be onstage (all times Central Daylight Time) are on the public schedule:

  • Imaginary Book Club (online), Friday 7:30 PM–8:45 PM
  • How to Proceed with Procedurals? (in-person, not sure about livestream), Saturday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in SF/F (in-person, not sure about livestream), Saturday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM
  • Otherwise Auction (in-person and will be livestreamed), Sat 7:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Not Another F*cking Race Panel (online), Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM

If you're curious who'll be at the con in person versus online, the panelists listed on the schedule give you some info.

WisCon's COVID policy includes masking and vaccination for all participants and attendees. And WisCon is adding air filtration units for convention spaces. Here's what they did last year and how well it worked. I'm writing up an exhaustingly long post right now about my own COVID-risk-related practices, but the basics are: I'm going to be masked indoors, and ok with being unmasked sometimes while outdoors. I'm usually happy to eat meals and drink beverages together with others outdoors, and will not be eating meals together with others indoors. I plan to self-test with rapid antigen tests every morning at the convention.

Last year I only participated virtually. This year, I'm going to WisCon to meet old friends and new, to emcee the Otherwise Auction to raise money for the Otherwise Award and entertain people, and to participate in a group that means something to me -- especially since there will be no WisCon next year at all, in-person OR online.

If you've never attended WisCon before, here's why I love it and why I invite you to come. People who participate online as first-timers have also mentioned how fun it is. If you're a first-time WisCon participant, whether you come to Madison or attend remotely, let me know so I can say hi!


11 May 2023, 12:23 p.m.

Imaginary Book Club!!!