This is the panels & lectures info for 2018. Check back at a later time for more information and updated or new events as they become available.
Feeling Nostalgic: A Retro Yaoi and Yuri Panel
Were anime and manga truly better in the 1980s and 1990s? We dive deep into the roots of yaoi and yuri in this fantastic panel. Banana Fish, Rose of Versailles, Prince of Tennis – we want to discuss the classics with you. What was groundbreaking and why? By looking backwards, we may want to also get a feel for the future trends.
Meta-gaming: Dating in Undertale, Doki Doki Literature Club & Dream Daddy
Recent unexpected game hits like Dream Daddy and Undertale have a lot in common. They put a twist to well-known gaming genres, like the dating sim, reflecting on themes like jealousy, conservatism and more. These games go far – they ask us to delete characters, save files, and more, encouraging a player to treat the game as real. In this panel we discuss recent game hits, their qualities, and characters. That games deconstruct their tropes so well, tells us that they have advanced a lot. How can we explore these self-reflexive qualities in games? Join us to talk dating, fourth wall breaks and sentient characters!
Let’s Talk about Gender
Bodies matter, but in a time where gender is considered more and more fluid, it is important to discuss what we identify as. In this gender politics panel, we want to share our gendered experiences as cis, trans, and agender people. The panelists want to help and inform the audience – this is a panel where sensitive issues may be brought up. We insist on an open discussion space with the audience. What does gender mean to you? While pop-culture may be brought up, this panel mostly focuses on LGBTQA culture. Do drop by!