Panels

MsC 2018 will have Panels presented by a diverse group of national, international, regional and local presenters.

Below is a partial list of the approved panels. More will be posted as we receive and approve them.

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MsC 2018 Panels

Mama VI, Mr. Blue, Blue Frost, Sir Guy & Pulse

Moderator: Sir Rod

Those among us whose ancestry reflects the brutal variety of slavery practiced in America from 1619 through 1865 face a unique challenge in following a path of Mastery/slavery. From the imagery of M/s to the words themselves, there is a complex additional layer of emotional resonance for African-Americans who identify as consensual Masters or slaves. Join this panel as they share their personal journeys into Leather, Mastery and slavery as members of the “minority within the minority”.

Thay (Master) Z, Master Skip and Raven Kaldera

Moderator: slave Rick

Many of us who participate in M/s or D/s relationships also follow a particular spiritual path, which may or may not be supportive of a kinky lifestyle. Our panelists — who respectively practice Buddhism (Master Z), Christianity (Master Skip), and Neo-paganism (Raven Kaldera), — will talk about how their practice is integrated into their lives as Masters or slaves. slave Rick (Buddhism and Judaism) will moderate, and there’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions or share your own experiences.

Brad Sagarin PhD and Master Bert Cutler PhD

Researchers have begun to realize what the Leather/BDSM community has known for years: There's more to BDSM than just kinky sex. In "The Science of BDSM: Bottoming to the Universe," we push the envelope further, drawing connections between BDSM and body rituals performed around the world. We'll share research on heart rate synchrony between firewalkers and those watching the ritual, generosity among high ordeal participants in the Hindu Thaipusam festival, and our own research on altered states of consciousness achieved by participants in a hooked suspension at an Edgewalkers gathering.

Brad Sagarin PhD and Master Bert Cutler PhD

In this workshop, we explore research on the many types of power exchange relationships, from Master/slave to Handler/pet to Magister/acolyte and more. We'll examine the common themes that permeate these relationships as well as the characteristics that make each type of relationship unique. Finally, we'll share data on the benefits these relationships provide and the challenges these relationships bring.

Panelists: TBA

An open forum for the audience to ask questions of a diverse panel of Masters of all genders and sexual orientations, who will share their stories and encourage discussion.

Panelists: TBA

An open forum for the audience to ask questions of a diverse panel of experienced slaves of all genders and sexual orientations, who will share their stories and encourage discussion.

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