Hello SWANCON goers,

I hope you have all recovered from the celebration that was SWANCON40!

Preparations for SWANCON41 are going at full speed and here is where you get to help.

Call For Abstracts

The SWANCON 41 team are determined to have an active academic stream at
the convention. We also want to try out a few new formats for the

New PhD, Masters and Honours students might like to put up their hand
for the 3 min thesis competition where you get 3 min to pitch your
thesis idea. At the end of the session the audience get to pick the best
presentation and the winner emerges covered in glory, the exact form of
which is still to be determined.

If there are a few academic types who wish to present on a common theme
then perhaps a mini seminar on that theme over a 2 – 2.5 hr period
might be useful. Each presenter gives a shortish presentation (20 min)
with time for discussion after each, before moving on to the next
presentation. Then time for open / general discussion at the end.

For those of you who have weightier matters to discuss, perhaps the 45
min presentation would be more useful with time for questions at the end
of course.

It would also be great to have a few interviews, so if you feel more
comfortable with this type of presentation then let us know, however you
may have to prime us with the right questions to ask.

We would seriously welcome any interactive / audience participation
ideas for the academic stream. Do you need willing guinea pigs for your

It is okay for one person to do more than one type of presentation.

I was told that it might be best to have a theme for the presentations
to give people guidance. So my very loose themes are:

For the scientists: “If you want to include my science in your fiction
then you have to know this…”
This leaves the field open for you to discuss the cutting edge science /
the basic science / the tools of science / the philosophy of science –
just about anything really!

For the writers and media types: Young adult fiction…
Now is this fiction for young adults… or… is it a specific genre of
fiction that is still maturing? Is there something emerging that you
want to tell us about?

Historians, philosophers, economists, teachers, medical professionals,
sports science and other scholarly scholars…
“What (insert field of expertise here) has to say about speculative
(science fiction being a subset of speculative fiction of course!).

If you are interested, and I hope many of you are, then please reply to
Chris Creagh academic-2016@swancon.com.au.

Tell her which type of presentation/s you are interested in doing and on
what topic. Please supply an abstract of between 100 and 200 words for
each presentation so we can make a book of abstracts for the academic

Chris Creagh
(Academic program co-ordinator)

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Live Streaming

SWANCON41 is partnering with NATCON2016 Contact to bring you a great con-going experience, whether you decide to go to Perth or Brisbane over Easter. But to do that we need your help.

Are you interested in recording or live-streaming? Do you think you have the skills to help us link fans across the country?
If you have any skills relating to recording or streaming, or are just full of enthusiasm, email volunteers-2016@swancon.com.au


We’re redecorating! To be specific, we’re redecorating the website and want to fill it with information about just what SWANCON is really about.

Do you have any photos (from 2015 and any other SWANCON) of panels, the art show, awards, the masquerade and anything else that embodies what SWANCON is? Email convenor-2016@swancon.com.au and we will add them to the website with credit.

Movie Screenings

On Friday, 85 people joined us to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron at Reading Cinemas Belmont. We would like to know how it went.

- Details of the event (was it at the right time, price, location, appropriate movie choice) - Accessibility of the cinema (the cinema itself, getting to and from the venue) - What to watch next (suggest movies that are coming up!)

Please email events-2016@swancon.com.au to give feedback and we will be forever grateful.


Published: 10:58 on Apr 28, 2015
Last Updated: 11:00 on Apr 28, 2015