Diana Pho at the 2017 International Steampunk Symposium

Diana Pho, also known as Ay-leen the Peacemaker, is recognized by the Steampunk Community as a leading authority on academia and multiculturalism in Steampunk. She was a guest speaker at the very first Symposium back in 2012, and has been an honored guest in 2013 and 2015 as well. We are thrilled to announce that she will be returning to Cincinnati, Ohio in April 2017 as a guest of honor at the International Steampunk Symposium!

Diana M. Pho is a scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk, and the oldest-existing blog on this topic. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues and fandom.

Photo by Rachael Shane

Photo by Rachael Shane

Her published work can be found in Steampunk Magazine: Issues 1 – 7Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of StyleSteaming into a Victorian Future, the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, Overland magazine, and The Anatomy of SteampunkShe also has work in Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans, Like Clockwork, edited by Professors Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser, and The Steampunk User’s Manual by Jeff Vandermeer and Desirina Boskovich. She has been interviewed about fandom for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, CBS’s Inside Edition,MSN.com, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk BibleSteampunk: Reloaded, and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5.

Diana currently lives and works in New York City as an editor for Tor Books & blogs for Tor.com. You can follow her academic work on Academia.edu.


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