In almost two weeks the 77th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) starts in Dublin! Today, the awesome organizers published the whole programme with presentations, talks, panels, masquerade, readings etc. It has, if printed, 150 (!!!) pages.

Here you can see the whole programme.

I have the great honor to be part of the programme with a paper presentation and on five panels. To make it easier for you, I will summarize my schedule with the colleagues and artists that participate too.

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My schedule for Worldcon 77 in Dublin

Paper: Future-Up! Historical Models in Science Fiction

16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:30 – 16:20, Odeon 6 (Academic) (Point Square Dublin)

1. Dominic Riemenschneider MA – ‘Future-Up! Using historical models and turning them science fiction: thoughts on visual strategies, reception ways and art history’
2. Dr Allen Stroud – ‘New Futures: What May Come From’

Panel: Illustration or fine art?

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 18:30 – 19:20, Stratocaster BC (Point Square Dublin)

The same painting that is a mere illustration on a book cover might be considered ‘fine art’ when it’s framed and hung in a gallery. Are there techniques, approaches, or subjects that bring a work closer to illustration or to fine art? Where is the line, and who gets to draw it?

Eric Scott Fischl,
Dominic Riemenschneider MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz),
Tara Ferguson (Humanoids Inc., Vault Comics, Pulse College, Dublin)

Fantastic buildings and where to find them

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 11:30 – 12:20, Odeon 1 (Point Square Dublin)

We look at the architecture in fantastic worlds. Could it exist? Does it work? And what could, or would, we do if anything were possible?

Dominic Riemenschneider MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz),
Grace P. Fong (Fictograph),
Gary Ehrlich (M),
Taiyo Fujii (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan),
Dr Sorcha O’Brien (Kingston University / NCAD)

Gods, religion and atheism in the genre

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

Gods and religion are often an integral element of SFF worlds; they offer ways to build conflict and to explore alternative philosophical concepts. How have authors tackled the creation and inclusion of religion in their worldbuilding? Is it possible for atheism to exist in worlds where gods literally walk among the people?

Derwin Mak,
Dominic Riemenschneider MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz),
Ehud Maimon,
Naomi Kritzer (M),
Meg MacDonald (Anglia Ruskin University / University of Glasgow)

What has art ever done for science?

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 15:00 – 15:50, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)

From the creation of anatomical models to the visualisation of other planets, how has art contributed to our understanding of science?

Dr Tiffani Angus (Anglia Ruskin University),
Ariela Housman (Geek Calligraphy) (M),
Dr. Estelle Blanquet (University of Bordeaux),
Dominic Riemenschneider MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

Politics in art and art in politics

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:30 – 17:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)

As communication and control of perception become increasingly important in politics, visual storytelling is an increasingly necessary skill in persuading others. Creators of stories already know this. What are the best examples of political storytelling through art, and how are today’s politics influencing our work now?

Jim Fitzpatrick,
Dominic Riemenschneider MA (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz),
Siobhan Murphy (Lewis Brisbous Bisgsard & Smith) (M),
Mary Talbot