Sunday, March 30, 2008

WAM! Report...

WAM! 2008 ended today, and it's late but I just wanted to say what an amazing experience it was. I was completely unprepared for just how incredible the conference was going to be. It was just mind blowing to see so many people- over 600 of us- so excited about activism and looking to learn from each other. I'll have a more detailed discussion of the particular sessions I attended after I've gotten some sleep, but can I just say how incredible it was to hear Helen Thomas and Haifa Zangana speak? Thomas is legendary, and it was really good to get a chance to hear her talk about the shift in the ways that the media deal with presidents, especially given how many presidents she's covered. And Zangana? I couldn't stop taking notes on the things she was talking about, and about how much life in Iraq has changed since the "liberation". She's a powerful speaker, and her descriptions and comments really highlighted the biased presentation of the situation in Iraq, and how the voices of women who are living in Iraq are being ignored and silenced by this administration. I'm going to look, but I'm pretty sure that her speech was recorded.

There were just so many great things happening, and so much energy at the conference. I met a number of fellow Michiganders, including Nadia Ann Abou-Karr, from the Allied Media Conference. I've heard nothing but great things about AMC, and I was really sorry to have missed it last year. It's very exciting to have such an important conference right in my own backyard, on the campus of Wayne State. So, just to get the word out, now- the conference is June 20-22. So, mark your calendars, people.

And, of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't say at least something about my own session. It went really, really well. Naomi put together an amazing Power Point presentation for us. Anyway, it was great. The turnout was great, and it was a nice mix of people who knew a lot about gaming, and people who knew almost nothing but were interested or knew people who are really into gaming, and wanted to know about the discussion. We actually stayed a half hour past our end-time answering questions and talking to people about our session.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, and it's late. I'll have a more thorough and less rambling post later.

5 comments:

Amber said...

Hi Roy! It was great to meet you yesterday. I wish we'd had more time to talk. And remember... that small Georgia town you mentioned ain't *that* far from Atlanta and Sex 2.0! (Okay, it is... but, this is all relative, right?)

Hugo Schwyzer said...

Roy, you were one of the people I very much wanted to meet and am sad that I didn't. Next time!

Roy said...

Amber, it was awesome to meet you too! I've been a fan of your blog for some time now, so it was really disorienting to have you introduce yourself like "I don't know if you know who I am, but I really like your blog". But, I'm glad you did. Thanks for the shout-outs, too.

No promises about attending this year, but I'm looking at my schedule. Between job hunting, work, packing, and moving, the next three and a half weeks are going to be ker-azy, but I'm telling everyone about it, and I'd love to be able to attend.

Hugo: Absolutely. I'm pretty sure you were sitting behind me during the Reproductive Rights session- I spent most of the weekend in a stripped sweatshirt and a red, black, and grey knit hat. I spent much of the weekend in a sort of stupor- it was amazing to see so much energy and excitement about feminism and activism in one place.

Anna Pinkert said...

Hey, great to meet you at WAM! Hope you had a safe trip back!

Liza said...

Your session was awesome. I think it was probably the most fun of all the ones I went to.