I am a con woman. There, I said it. Although I’ve been to only a few conventions over the past couple of years, I am hooked. If you haven’t been to one, take a look at the list below for one to try, maybe something near where you live. If you have been to one (or more) but didn’t enjoy it, don’t give up on them altogether! They vary so much from each other, not only in focus but in atmosphere.
You can tell a lot about atmosphere by talking with other people, seeing who is going to what this year, and exploring the event’s website for info on the speakers, programming, and policies.
Now is the time to look far ahead so that you register in time and have a chance to make travel plans (including room sharing, which can make a con much more affordable). Hotels book up really quickly for some of these, and registration is often limited, so don’t wait until the last minute.
And don’t forget, if you are a woman interested in attending the American Atheists National Convention in March or a man interested in going to Women in Secularism 2 in May, Surly Amy is offering grants to pay for the admission! Apply here. You can also support these grants by buying special edition necklaces or donating directly. Get more info here.
Amy and other Skepchick Network writers will be at both conventions as well as many more throughout the year (including the most amazing of them all, of course–SkepchickCON!). I note who will be at what below, but I’m being conservative and not including the many more some of us want to attend but aren’t sure about yet.
The list includes only the basic info, with a link to find out more, and I’m sure it is incomplete. If I missed something, please note it in the comments. If I get enough additions, I’ll post an updated list.
EDIT 2/3/13: I added and corrected some info below (all in March).
Surfcoast Summer Skepticamp
Aireys Inlet Fairhaven, Victoria
Fort Collins Skepticamp
Fort Collins, CO
Student Feminist Conference
SSA Secular Summit
National Atheist Party (NAPCON)
Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NCESS)
New York City
*Rebecca will part of the live SGU episode.
Northwest Freethought Alliance
New York, NY
International Festival of Science Documentary Films
Olomouc, Czech Republic
*Rebecca is speaking.
2013 Lobby Day & Secular Summit
World’s Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention
*I said I wouldn’t list maybe’s, but it’s highly likely that several of us will be at this one.
Imagine No Religion 3
The American Association of University Women
New Orleans, LA
SKEPTICAL Con 2013
Secular Student Alliance Convention
Las Vegas, NV
SkepchickCON at CONvergence
The science and skepticism track at
*ALL of us will pretty much be at this one
Las Vegas, NV
European Skeptics Conference
NZ Skeptics Conference
Aug. 31–Sept. 2
2013 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Note: The link still has last year’s details, so you’ll have to check back for updates.
Australian National Skeptics Convention 2013