Symposium Session – Fatal Fashions

Fatal Fashions Presented by Xan & Teatime Tabi, and MechaniKit Torque A journey into the past and around the world checking out some disastrous and deadly ways of dressing, including muslin disease, arsenic dyes, toppling wigs, and, of course, the one thing all steampunks fear – the dangers of corsetry!  A discussion of how fashion trends of […]

This Day in History – March 6th, 1869

In 1863 there were 56 known elements with a new element being discovered at a rate of approximately one per year. Other scientists had previously identified periodicity of elements. John Newlands described a Law of Octaves, noting their periodicity according to relative atomic weight in 1864, publishing it in 1865. His proposal identified the potential […]

Symposium Session – Intrepid Victorian Women Adventurers

Intrepid Victorian Women Adventurers Presented by Jennie Gist & Edwina Tweed From all around the world, adventurous Victorian women traveled; find out who they were, what motivated them, the challenges they faced, how they differed from male explorers, and the legacies they left.   Speakers: Jennie Gist is a longtime book editor, writer, reenactor and historical researcher. […]

Symposium Games – Dirigible Races

Introduction: This year’s Dirigible Races are going to be similar to the 2014 races with a bit of a different ending. This year we will have a course to follow in timed qualifying heats, followed by a head to head final race. The heats will be timed using a manually operated digital timing device. (Sorry […]

This Day in History – March 5th, 1836

Samuel Colt was an American inventor and industrialist from Hartford, Connecticut. He patented the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber, on March 5th, 1836 and founded Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (today, Colt’s Manufacturing Company), and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. Colt’s first two business ventures — producing firearms in Paterson, New Jersey, […]

Symposium Session – Podcast Primer: How to Begin

Podcast Primer: How to Begin Presented by The Uncommon Geek Interested in podcasting but not sure how to begin? The hosts of Dayton’s very own Uncommon Geek podcast talk about how they got started in podcasting and share what they have learned from other podcasters as well as trial and error. From audio editing programs to […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic: Electrifying Medicine Pt. 2 – Italian Frog Legs

Onxyfeld, Late Winter 1872 Welcome to the Enlightenment! A time period where we learned the mass of the earth, invented the steam engine, and most importantly, played around with the power of electricity without having the foggiest idea what we were doing. Practitioners include Benjamin Franklin, industriously shocking people as ‘therapy’ for pain and paralysis, […]

This Day in History – March 4th, 1917

Elected by the state of Montana, Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) became the first female member of the United States House of Representatives, taking office on March 4th, 1917. After being elected on November 7th, 1916, she said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.” Rankin’s first campaign […]

Symposium Sessions – Steampunk Animation of the East

Steampunk Animation of the East Presented by Leora Panzarella An exploration of steampunk and steampunk-influenced anime and manga. To learn more about other sessions, workshops, and special events please visit the International Steampunk Symposium Schedule . . . your invaluable guide to getting around the world in 48 hours!  

Journals of Impossible Things

Many of us are familiar with this Journal of Impossible Things, kept by the Doctor’s human counterpart John Smith during the episodes “Family of Blood” and “Human Nature.” What is less known is the real world journals of the fantastical, surreal, and futuristic. There are many instances of mysterious collections from fairly unknown artists. Aside from […]

This Day in History – March 3rd, 1900

William Justus Goebel was an American politician who served as the 34th Governor of Kentucky for four days in 1900 after having been mortally wounded by an assassin the day before he was sworn in; he finally died on March 3rd, 1900. Goebel remains the only state governor in the United States to be assassinated while […]

Symposium Session – Women Writers of Steampunk

Women Writers of Steampunk Presented by Taversia with Leanna Renee Hieber and Emilie P. Bush Join Taversia, Leanna Renee Hieber, and Emilie P. Bush as they discusses their experiences in the publishing world and weigh the pros and cons of self-publishing versus printing through publishing agencies. Share YOUR elevator pitch or synopsis for your latest work and garner feedback […]