Submission Guidelines

We’d like to see about 250 words on your topic as a PDF or Word document, including what particular speculative fiction works and areas of Orthodox Christian experience it pertains to. Attach it to an email and send it off to us at submissions.DoxaconSeattle@gmail.com.

Individuals interested in team-presenting should submit a single, joint proposal. All presentations and panels should include a list of known or anticipated multimedia elements and required equipment. Please make sure that your overview document does NOT include your name(s).

Please include a brief biography of all panel participants with each submission as a separate document.

When

Submissions must be received four months before the conference date. All submissions will be reviewed by a submissions board representing both clergy and laity perspectives, and finalists will be contacted for confirmation/acceptance.

Who

Doxacon Seattle welcomes presenters from all backgrounds. You must be able to travel to Seattle for the conference and willing to present during the conference. Doxacon is produced by Orthodox 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.

What

Doxacon Seattle is seeking submissions for presentations and panel-led discussions exploring the intersection of Christian faith and science fiction/fantasy media. We welcome submissions on a spectrum from academic analysis to more casual perspectives on faith and fandom.

Ideal presentations will:

  • Examine an aspect of speculative fiction and its accompanying geek subculture
  • Explore the topic as it relates to Christianity, particularly Orthodox Christian faith, theology, and traditions
  • Adhere to common-sense standards for all-ages content
  • Maintain a respectful tone when discussing opposing viewpoints

Example topics:

  • The Cross and the Con: How to approach a convention as a Christian
  • The Redemption Quest trope and its significance in Christian life
  • A foot in each world: participating in geek culture as a person of faith
  • The fifth element is Love: the experience of God’s grace and Jung’s transcendent function

Individual presentations should leave time for questions and answers from conference participants. We suggest a presentation of approximately 40-45 minutes, with the remaining time (15-20 minutes) left for discussion. Presentations requiring more participation from conference attendees can be adjusted accordingly.

Panels should have members of the panel listed, as well as some pre-made topics for the panel to discuss. This should be in the form of question/topic by moderator or leader, then responses from all panel members (or all who wish to comment). Those should also end at around 40-45 minutes to give members of the audience some time to ask questions or comment on topics previously mentioned.

Multimedia Exposure

Please note that we will be recording presentation sessions, either to be broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio, or to be distributed in another way. If you choose not to have your presentation broadcast or distributed, please let the conference organizers know as soon as possible.