Guidelines

Presentation Proposals

We are looking for dynamic, engaging speakers, panels, and workshop leaders to lead sessions at Doxacon Seattle 2022! You may take inspiration from our theme (“Is this the way? Morality and Ethics”), or from any area you see popular culture and Christian faith interacting in your life. We encourage hands-on workshops or even one-shot game sessions to apply, as well as presenters and/or panels on a topic.

Ideal presentations will:

  • Explore an aspect of geek subculture (including books, films, art, games, etc.) in relation to Christian faith, history, or practice
  • Engage convention attendees from various fandoms and Christian backgrounds
  • Adhere to common-sense standards for all-ages content
  • Maintain a respectful tone when discussing opposing viewpoints

Sessions will generally last about one hour. Individual presentations and Panels should leave time for questions and answers from conference participants. Workshops and Game Sessions should leave time for clean-up.

Doxacon Seattle welcomes presenters from all backgrounds. Doxacon Seattle is produced BY Christian geeks FOR Christian geeks, and we welcome anyone with an interest in Christian theology and traditions and geek popular culture to join us and to submit a presentation proposal.

Please note that we will be recording presentation sessions, and making these recordings available to the public. If you choose not to have your presentation published or distributed, please let the conference organizers know as soon as possible.

To Apply:

Please prepare a Proposal document and a separate Biography document for your application. Because we evaluate applications anonymously, please do NOT include your name in the Proposal document, but put it only in your Biography document.

Proposal document

Please write about 250 words on your topic in MS Word or Google Docs, including what particular areas of geek culture and Christian experience it pertains to. Individuals interested in team-presenting or presenting as a panel should submit a single, joint proposal.

All applications should include a list of known or anticipated multimedia elements, workshop or game materials,  and other required equipment. Also, please let us know if significant set-up and/or clean-up time will be required.

Please make sure that your overview document does NOT include your name(s). Rather, please include a brief biography of all panel participants with each submission as a separate document.

Biography document

Please write about 100 words including your name, email address, phone number city of residence, and a short biographical sketch for the attendees. You may include your faith tradition, fandom(s), qualifications and/or publications, other hobbies, and/or family information as you please. The biographical sketch will be edited and published in the Doxacon Seattle program, but your contact and location info will not be published (unless you explicitly wish it to be). 

Submitting your application

Email the Proposal and Biography as attachments to submissions.DoxaconSeattle@gmail.com.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST. All submissions will be reviewed by our submissions board and our Clergy Consultants, and finalists will be contacted for confirmation/acceptance.

Attendance

Doxacon Seattle is an all-ages, family-friendly event. We welcome anyone interested in Christianity, geek culture, or both to attend. We ask that you help us to make this event both fun and safe for all. We ask that you wear your name badge at all times while attending the convention, and that you follow the published regulations of Brightwater Center.

Because we continue to face the COVID pandemic, we will follow all State, County, and venue policies for public safety. In addition, we are drafting a specific policy regarding COVID safety. We will publish that policy here once it is finalized.

Cosplay

At Doxacon Seattle, we welcome our participants’ creativity and enthusiasm by inviting all to engage in cosplay. Our cosplay policy is simple: If you feel comfortable wearing your cosplay in front of your priest or pastor and the children of your parish, it should be fine and we’d love to see it.

In practical terms, we ask that your cosplay not be revealing, and that all cosplay demonstrates engagement in community by being mindful of and sensitive to others. If you’re debating with yourself whether parts of your cosplay might be questionable, maybe add a few accessories or make a new winter-themed version!