Symposium 2017 Session – LGBTQ in Science Fiction and Fantasy

LGBTQ in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Presented by Diana Pho. In recent years, queer characters are becoming more prevalent in science fiction and fantasy, but we still have a long way to go.

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

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 […]

Symposium 2017 Session – Steam Around the World: Steampunk Beyond Victoriana

Steam Around the World: Steampunk Beyond Victoriana. Presented by Diana Pho. Beyond Victoriana, what steampunk possibilities exist? Come join us as we take you on a trip around the world to see how steampunk manifests in the minds of those who don’t think within an Eurocentric context.

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 […]

Steampunk World Anthology Takes on Multicultural Steampunk

When the Kickstarter campaign for Alliteration Ink’s Steampunk World multicultural fiction anthology launched in December 2013, it immediately had my attention. Steampunk stories NOT written from Victorian England or American Wild West perspectives? A whole book of them? I was sold. After donating to the campaign and waiting nearly seven months for my hard copy […]

Q&A With Diana Pho (aka Ay-leen the Peacemaker)

Diana Pho (aka Ay-leen the Peacemaker) of Beyond Victoriana is a fierce proponent of multiculturalism in steampunk and a Guest of Honor at the 2015 International Steampunk Symposium. We caught up with her as she preps for another year of conventions, conversations and critical thinking around diversity and inclusion issues in steampunk. Me: How do […]

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