|Science Fiction Convention|
|Location:||Madison, Wisconsin, USA|
|Focus:||feminist science fiction|
|URL:||WisCon's Official Site|
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WisCon is an annual convention called "the world's leading feminist science fiction convention". It is held in Madison, Wisconsin at the Concourse hotel.
Wiscon started in 1977. Guests of Honor have included many women authors of science fiction and fantasy books.
The Carl Brandon Society awards are presented at Wiscon for sf works that address issues of race.
See the Geek Feminism Wiki for information on the 2008 WisCon Troll Incident, when an attendee took photographs of other attendees and later posted in a forum to mock them.
In 2014 WisCon was criticized for mishandling the banning of a serial harasser, former TOR editor James Frenkel, from the con. See WisCon's flaky response to harassment incident sparks Internet uproar by Aja at The Daily Dot. The 2013 discussion about sexual harassment at science fiction conventions started as a result of the reporting of Frenkel harassing another attendee at WisCon.. Despite widespread knowledge of the 2013 incident, Frenkel was allowed to attend WisCon in 2014 because the official paperwork got lost. WisCon subsequently issued a temporary ban and indicated that he could return sooner if he behaved.
Professional Guests of Honor were Emma Bull and Iain Banks.
It took place March 9-11.
Among the MANY other events of this con was the controversial nomination by Liz Henry of a fanfic called Arcana for the "James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award."
- The "Arcana" Controversy; archive link by Matt Ruff (May 18, 2006)
- Re: Tiptree Award; archive link by Cesperanza (May 18, 2006)
- Tiptree Longlist Controversy; WebCite (May 19, 2006)
- Some thoughts on fanfic and the Tiptree, by Liz Henry (May 19, 2006)
- Slash Fiction & the Venom Cock (Oh, You Knew This Was Coming!); Webcite by Kameron Hurley (May 31, 2006)