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Steampunk Industrial Revolution, PortCon & Fashion Talks

A couple of cons coming up this month, and a special announcement:

In two weeks the revolution returns to Nashua, New Hampshire: the Steampunk Industrial Revolution will be telegraphed from June 8-10. From what I’ve heard, the theme is “Year of the Dragon” and the convention is preparing for an inter-dimensional beast to who visits this realm once every twelve years…with the smoldering threat coming from the heavens, can enough clockwork gadgets and a pirate ship bar be enough for this weekend? Yup, immersive storytelling strikes again at this con, and I’m looking forward to it.

The con schedule isn’t up yet, but I know that I’ll be doing my standard panels, plus a couple new in-character ones (you’ll have to come to see what they’re about…) — and hanging out with cool folks such as Guest of Honor Dr. Grymm,  The Wandering Legion of the Thomas Tew, Jake von Slatt, Mr. Saturday & Sixpence, Platform One, and many, many more musicians, entertainers and other ne’er-do-wells!

And as a reminder later that month, I will be in PortCon in Maine from June 21 – 24, where Lucretia Dearfour and I will be their Steampunk Guests of Honor.

I’ll be hanging around this weekend, presenting two new events:

Costume as Character, Character as Costume – Friday 11 AM – 12 PM in the Monhegan Room
Steampunk Meetup – Sunday 10 AM – 11 AM in the Monhegan Room

Plus, news from the ivory tower: I am very excited to announce that Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

Waaaaay back in 2009 (!), Jaymee Goh and I co-wrote an article about the imperialist — and postcolonial — leanings in steampunk fashion, our first academic venture together. Now, the anthology it is included in —  Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style from SUNY Press — can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com and will pub in September! Fashion Talks is all about the roles race, class, gender, and sexuality play in everyday style, and the other chapters range from Lolita and goth to hijabs and stripper shoes to emo and hipsters & more. If you are into fashion, pop culture, politics, and how all three collide, this book is for you. Read the description after the jump.

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Updates: Crafting a Life in the Arts, Academics, et al.

First of all, I want to congratulate our winner for the Frank Reade giveaway:

Eric J. of Massachusetts, USA

Thank you everyone for participating! I know in the coming months, I’ll have more in store, so watch this space for more steampunk goodies. ^-^

Also this spring, you may have noticed a derth of updates on this blog. This hasn’t been because steampunk & multiculturalism has fallen to the wayside — far from it! For those not in the know, I am currently finishing up my MA candidate work at New York University with a focus on steampunk performance. This means all of my spare time has been dedicated to the books and what our little community means to pop culture at large.

A bit of a late notice to announce here, but tomorrow, I’ll be at Mount Holyoke College, my alma matter, for their annual Crafting a Life in the Arts event about how to develop a creative career. So if you are in the Pioneer Valley area, don’t hesitate to drop a line.

Additionally, a brief reminder that I’ll also be presenting “Race Matters in Amestris: On the Treatment of Disenfranchised Minorities in Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist “ at the Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference from April 11 – 14th. I’ll be up bright and early Thursday, April 12th, for the panel on “Race, Interculturality and Construction of Identity” from 8 – 9:30 in Salon C.

And a nod to my fellow panelists:

Mae Mendoza
“We need to find a safe place:” Constructions of Mexican(/American) Spaces and Technologies in Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles 

Blithe Devon
Dusty Clockworks: A Clockwork Orange and Firefly Through an Intercultural Lens

Leanne Foster
Cyborg Utopia: Rejecting the Myth of Control in Twenty-First Century Post-Determinism Science Fiction

It’ll be a fantastic opportunity to talk with fellow like-minded scholars and geeks. ^-^

Additionally, Beyond Victorana is now an academically-credited source! Christine Ferguson, a researcher from the University of Glasgow contacted me back in 2010 about an article she was working on about steampunk politics. Her piece “Surface Tensions: Steampunk, Subculture, and the Ideology of Style” has recently been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and she refers to several pieces hosted here, calling us “a groundbreaking postcolonial steampunk blog.” Her assessments about ideologies of steam is an astute contribution and adds to work by previous academics and observers (and will able be a great help in my own research… hint hint for a bigger announcement later this year.)

Updates will continue to be sporadic for the next couple of months, but rest assured that what comes up will be worth it. ^-^

In addition, if you are interested in being a guest blogger, please don’t hesitate to contact me for details.

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New & Upcoming Conventions: TempleCon, PCA/ACA National, Octopodicon

Announcing some new and regular conventions I’ll be attending in the coming months, including some post-apoc fun in Rhode Island, my first-ever, red-blooded academic conference, and a future trip to Oklahoma this fall.

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