LGBT Superheroes

Are Batman and Robin actually a gay couple? Which famous superhero hired a New York gang to beat up some lesbians? How far back can we trace queer characters in comics? Cheryl Morgan peers into comics archives and reveals that sometimes wearing brightly coloured spandex tights really is as gay as it gets.

Cheryl Morgan

A Guided Tour of Mariehamn

Mia Åkerfelt, PhD in art history, specialized in the history of architecture, takes you on a guided walking tour of Mariehamn. She will present the history of the town through its architecture – especially the buildings by the first female masterbuilder Hilda Hongell. Sign up at the Archipelacon Info Desk! Sign up closes one hour before the tour. Maximum of 30 participants per tour.

Mia Åkerfelt

Conrunning in America

Come and talk with an experienced American convention organizer who is attending his first Nordic convention. How are American conventions organized? What different types of conventions are there? What is American fandom like? Take part in a discussion about our different convention journeys.

Michael Lee

Roolipeli: Kadonneet löytöretkeilijät

Pankkiirin huimapäinen seikkailijapoika on kadonnut tutkimusmatkallaan. Pelaajahahmot palkataan seuraamaan pojan jälkiä ja pelastamaan hänet ja hänen toverinsa. Seikkailu Astraterra-roolipelin maailmassa. Tule kokeilemaan roolipelaamista! Viisi ensimmäistä pelaajaa mahtuu mukaan.

Matti Järvinen

World of Ice and Fire discussion

The authors of The World of Ice and Fire present their first public discussion amongst themselves about the book that was 8 years in the making. The authors will discuss topics ranging from the history of the project, the process of creating its “fake history”, the joys of seeing new art, the horrors of having nine Aegon’s in a family tree,  and much more!

Elio M. García jr, George R.R. Martin, Linda Antonsson

Minds and Bodies in Genre Texts

Chair: Caroline Bassett

Anders Sandberg
Neural Chernobyl or Eternal Sunshine? Cognitive Enhancement in Science Fiction, Transhumanism and Bioethics
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Cheryl Morgan
Hell Is Other People: Gender Issues and Reader Response in Neil Gaiman’s “A Game of You”
Abstract of the paper

Merja Polvinen
Metaphor and Cognition in Catherynne M. Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast”
Abstract of the paper

Anders Sandberg, Caroline Bassett, Cheryl Morgan, Merja Polvinen

Rakkautta ja raateluhampaita

Rakkaus on kirjallisuuden käytetyimpiä aiheita vuosisadasta toiseen. Viime vuosina kirjakauppojen hyllyt ovat täyttyneet paranormaaleista rakkaustarinoista ja fantasiaromantiikasta. Kuinka romantiikka muuttuu, kun kirjallisuudessa rikotaan realismin raja-aitoja? Miksi oudot maailmat ja poikkeusyksilöt kiinnostavat romanssikirjoittajia? Paneelimme osallistujat lähestyvät aihetta niin kirjailijan, lukijan kuin kääntäjänkin näkökulmasta.

Hanna Matilainen, J. S. Meresmaa, Johanna Vainikainen, Maria Carole

Reading: Ieva Melgalve & David Gullen

Ieva Melgalve will read The Roommates“One of them is an unpredictable, wild being with no regard to the interests of others. The other is an autistic game developer. The third feels responsible for their survival in the real world. But maybe there is another option for them?” David Gullen will read a story called The Redensive Epiphany of Pouty Mcnavel. It is an SF story about madness and understanding.

David Gullen, Ieva Melgalve

Elokuvien sarjisversiot – turhaa oheisroskaa vai oma taideteoksensa

Vuosikymmeniä jokainen uusi hittielokuva sai oman sarjisversionsa kioskeihin. Erilaisia adaptaatioita on nähty lukuisia suomessakin, lehdistä albumeihin. Näitä oheistuotteita pidetään yleisesti sarjakuvan alimpana kastina, silkkana kyynisenä rahastuksena vailla kunnianhimoa tai taiteellista meriittiä. Mukana onkin niin järkyttävää roskaa kuin suurten mestareiden väkeviä tulkintoja. Petri Hiltunen pureutuu nyt tämän aliarvostettuun ilmiöön, sen historiaan ja tekijöihin. Esittelyssä niin parhaat kuin pahimmat vuosikymmenten varrelta. Miten elokuva taipuu toiseen formaattiin? Ja voiko sarjakuva joskus jopa päihittää esikuvansa?

Petri Hiltunen

Star Trek: Future Imperfect

The Star Trek Franchise has been know to be groundbreaking on many levels. This presentation will provide an overview of what has and what has not been done to promote non-normativity in the fields of gender, sex and orientation in Star Trek. It will not deal with the novels or the movies but concentrate on the five TV series.

Dirk M. Weger

Reading: Suzanne van Rooyen & Billy O’Shea

Suzanne van Rooyen will read from her YA novel I Heart Robot, published this spring. You might also get a sneak peek to her NA novel Scardust, coming in 2016. Billy O’Shea will then read from his novel Kingdom of Clockwork. Kingdom of Clockwork is a post-apocalyptic clockpunk novel set in Scandinavia. In a future Denmark, the King’s clockmaker becomes enmeshed in a web of court intrigue, and undertakes a fateful journey to the far north.

Billy O’Shea, Suzanne van Rooyen

Revenge of the Daughter of the Bimbo Panel

The offspring of the classic Bimbopaneeli of Finncon but without a panel, just one bimbo. MWAHAHAHAHAAA.

Let’s see what the internet has to offer: weird and funny pictures, videos, and things; and then laugh at them. Yes, this is that stupid.

Warning: Cannot be unseen. Might be offensive, and not suitable for the faint of heart.
Age limit due to possible sexual content: 15

Saija Aro