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Re-Racing Steampunk: Race, Memory, and Retrofuturism

March 5, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: CAS 157
  • Open to the Public

Ay-Leen the Peacemaker (a.k.a. Diana Pho) joins us to talk about the intersections between historical performance, steampunk, post-colonialism, and social justice. Cos-players are encouraged to come in costume!

Visit Ay-Leen the Peacemaker's blog, Beyond Victoriana: A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk, at

What is Steampunk? (from a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk). Unfortunately, it is a poorly defined subgenre, with plenty of disagreement about what is and is not included.

For example, steampunk stories may: Take place in the Victorian era but include advanced machines based on 19th century technology Include the supernatural as well Include the advanced machines, but take place later than the Victorian period, thereby assuming that the predomination by electricity and petroleum never happens.