Midwest BSFA members will participate in a panel on steamfunk at the International Steampunk Symposium on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31! The panel will focus on how black American cosplayers/steampunks see themselves in and operate inside of the steampunk genre, and discuss how re-imagining the country’s antebellum past can be represented and reworked in a steampunk future.

Panelists are:

  • Ofeibea Loveless, Her Royal Airship Ashanti‘s mechanic/engineer and the daughter of one of the Mino, the Kingdom of Dahomey’s all-female military regiment, and a member of Freedonia’s military science division.
  • Cassandra L. Jones (moderator), an assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her work on black women and girls in science fiction has appeared in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies and in the edited collection The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema. She’s currently working on a book titled Memory and Liberation in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction.
  • Teal Bowen, a scientist with a penchant for complicated machinery that solves everyday problems.
  • Lord Chaos, a tinkerer turned adventurer/bounty hunter, a profession he chose when he discovered that he could see the world and make lots of money by becoming one. He earned the nickname “chaos” by the unpredictable, unorthodox, yet innovative ways in which he’d accomplish the tasks at hand. Saving the lives of several foreign monarchs during a mission earned him the title of “lord.”

In addition, our homie, Dan Tres OMi of the Where My Killa Tape At? podcast, will also do a capoeira workshop during the event on Sunday morning! You don’t want to miss this convention!

International Steampunk Symposium, March 29-31, Holiday Inn, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Eastgate (Cincinnati OH 45245), http://steampunksymposium.com/tickets/ 

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