Symposium 2017 Session – Envisioning a Better Steam Society: Social Issues & Steampunk

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Envisioning a Better Steam Society: Social Issues & Steampunk.

Presented by Diana Pho.

A discussion panel where panel participants discuss their thoughts about finding aesthetic inspiration in a historical era rife with sexism, racism and classist thinking. Can the steampunk subculture come to terms with its problematic past, or are we just repeating history, except with ray guns?

Together with the audience, we hope to engage in an open dialogue about whether steampunk confronts or condones the historical ideas behind its inspiration, how nineteenth century thinking is re-interpreted in the present day, and what makes steampunk actually “punk.”


ayleenDiana 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.

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.


To learn more about other sessions, workshops, and special events please visit the 2017 International Steampunk Symposium Schedule.


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