My @C2E2 Schedule – aka I’m talking about things! In front of a lot of people!
So these two panels will be my first C2E2 speaker appearances ever! Thanks to @ANerdCalledRage & @Karnythia for inviting me to be on panels with them. The Blerd panel will be live-streamed AFAIK, once I get a link I’ll post it!
Through Brightest Days & Blackest Nights – A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey
Fri. April 24| 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Room S405b
This is no longer Heinlein’s Nerdom. The white-skinned, flowing haired Damsel in Distress is more likely to be the dark-skinned, kinky haired Reluctant Hero. The chiseled, blue-eyed avatar is more likely to have brown eyes and rounded features.
As the Geekverse grows, so do representations of black women within it. Unfortunately, black women still face many barriers towards being accepted as “real nerds.” Our discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the black nerd girl and her place in the ‘Verse.
FYI: I was added to this panel as a replacement for Mary Robinette Kowal, however the C2E2 site isn’t updated yet. So here’s the panel details.
#YesAllTrolls What Happens After the Trolling Goes Too Far?
Sat. April 25| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room S403
Harassment in geek spaces extends beyond cosplayers at cons, or online harassment that can be hidden with a block button. Sometimes it turns into offline danger ranging from doxxing to SWATting to credible death threats.
How do we break the cycle? What can be done to protect yourself and your community? Speaking up against these things can be dangerous, but what message does silence send? We’ll talk about internet security, being marginalized in geek spaces and more.
Panel may contain triggers!
Track: Cosplay, Diversity, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Women in Comics
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.
Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.
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