illuminatedwax writes "The University of Chicago Japanese Animation Society is having its third annual Uchicon, a mini-anime convention, this Saturday. But what makes this convention different from the countless others is that it looks at anime from an academic perspective rather than as a consumer. Graduate and post-grad students as well as artists are invited to speak about sociological and artistic issues regarding anime, making it a blend between a conference and a convention. This year the main speakers are Deborah Shamoon, who will discuss how The Rose of Versailles has been altered over the years, and how that relates to issues such as homosexuality and cross-dressing; and Christopher Bolton, who will talk about vampirism as a metaphor for postwar politics in Blood: The Last Vampire. And like any convention, there will be a panel of local artists, video game tournaments, screenings, and other events."