The below note comes from Jef Smith (not to be confused with Tiptree literary executor Jeffrey D. Smith), who's involved with a small new sf convention to be held in Chicago in mid-July. The con is explicitly modeled after WisCon, though the focus appears to be leftist politics rather than feminism per se, and it has cool guests.
I'm not at all affiliated with this convention, and I'm not even sure I'll have time to go to it, but I think it sounds great, and I figured it was worth passing the info along (and yes, I got Jef's permission to repost this).
The con is a new project for Think Galactic, a Chicago-based leftist SF reading group [...]. Modeled after WisCon, we're hosting a weekend of interesting and challenging programming on topics of race, gender, class, power, and others. We're looking to push the envelope, so to speak (fewer "101" panels), and hope to generate some intense yet engaging discussion.
As a part of the convention we'll be publishing a chapbook that reprints stories from China Miéville and Nisi Shawl with commentary and advice for forming politically oriented SF reading groups.
Current guests include Nalo [Hopkinson], Nisi [Shawl], and Nnedi [Okorafor-Mbachu], as well as Jim Munroe, an author/DIY publisher from Toronto, and SF critic/scholar Gary K. Wolfe.
We're collecting programming ideas on our LiveJournal community.
For more information, email Jef Smith. Reminder: I (Jed) am not in any way affiliated with this con, so I'm unlikely to be able to answer questions about it.