London is protected by the giants Gog and Magog, demonstrating how the fantastic is part of the 2,000 year history of the city. It is an incredible history, full of depressing depravation, delicious desires, and feats of derring-do. Today it is an exciting, vibrant and enriching city to experience. Whether you speak only one of its 300 languages, or visit only one of its 300 museums, the range of options open to Loncon 3 visitors is immense. To reflect this variety, the theme of this Worldcon's academic programme is "Diversity". We will be exploring the alleys and A-roads where science fiction, fantasy, and all forms of speculative fiction can be found. By reaching the darkest depths of academia, we are planning on discussing the latest research on science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction so that everyone at Loncon 3 can find something to tickle their taste buds.
While Worldcons usually include academic programme tracks, Loncon 3 is running a full academic conference: Diversity in Speculative Fiction. The full list of sessions is available here and the original Call for Papers here. In the coming months the abstracts will also be made available to download. The details of our keynote speaker, Karen Hellekson, and her topic can be found here.
Any questions about the programme can be addressed to the conference organiser, Emma England (firstname.lastname@example.org).