Ay-leen the Peacemaker returns to the Symposium

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In keeping with the Steampunk Empire Symposium MMXV‘s theme of Around the World in 80 Days, we are delighted to have one of the leading authorities on Steampunk Multiculturalism returning to Cincinnati. Ay-leen the Peacemaker, also known as Diana Pho, will be a Guest of Honor in April 2015.

Photo by Rachael Shane

Photo by Rachael Shane

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. 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 OnlineOverland magazine, and The Anatomy of Steampunk

Photo by Rachael Shane

Photo by Rachael Shane

She also has work that will be featured in the forthcoming books 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 steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, 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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