AnOtherWiki has had certain, as yet unwritten, policies I've tried to adhere to with regard to what events to add to its upcoming events listing. Any event listed there has to be geared towards people who identify as nonhuman. Simple enough, as long as we can find them, right?
Unfortunately, particularly with the vampire community, that's led to some major events not being listed because while they are put on by members of the real vampire community they're not necessarily geared towards
that same community as much as they are to anyone who is interested in the aesthetic of the fictional vampire. For example:Atlanta Vampire Meetup Group
- This meetup is run by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, an organization for real vampires. But the meetup itself welcomes "Vampires & admirers, folkloric/literary enthusiasts, Goths, psychics, pagans, spiritualists, occultists, paranormalists, DragonCon/Frolicon/Other "Con" attendees, audiophiles & music lovers, board-gamers, club goers, coffee & tea drinkers, conversationalists, fine dining patrons, horror fans, kinky-minded people, movie fans, trivia nerds, wine & cheese snobs, etc." and goes on to specifically ask that topics regarding psychic or sanguinarian vampirism not be brought up at the meetup. Because of this policy, I have not included it in the list of upcoming community events on AnOtherWiki.Dracula's Ball
- While run by a member of the real vampire community, the event describes itself as a "national gathering of vampire enthusiasts" and does not mention real vampires anywhere on its site. It is, primarily, a vampire-themed club night. As such, I haven't included it in the list of upcoming community events on AnOtherWiki either.
Siren Shadow Gala - Again, while run by members of the real vampire community, in this case affiliated with the New Orleans Vampire Association, the event itself seems geared more towards vampire enthusiasts though its description does contain the single line "The main ballroom upstairs is the music hall for finely-attired Vampires and Otherkin alike, as all hold court and enjoy the company of kindred spirits." I just found this one last night, and the use of the word otherkin had me leaning towards including it at first but I'm really not sure it's qualitatively different as an event than Dracula's Ball.
Should the word otherkin itself be our shibboleth? With the entry on Otherworlds Festival I thought it (along with therians) should be, but now I am less sure. Certainly I have not included a number of furry meetup groups that list therians and otherkin as keywords for their group, because their descriptions make it clear that they are primarily oriented towards furries:
I could go on, but the point is probably made. It's more than a little unclear on where the line should be drawn with regard to events that are loosely associated with the otherkin, therians, and real vampire communities but not necessarily geared towards these communities in particular. Any thoughts/feedback?