Steampunk! The Popular Manifestation of Neo-Victorianism

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Victorian Steampunk Society
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Steampunk! The Popular Version of Neo-Victorianism

A One-Day Conference hosted by the Victorian Steampunk Society, September 11, 2010

Lincoln Castle and Lawns, Lincoln U.K.

The Conference aims to explore the rising popularity of Steampunk and to consider its place in the wider field of Neo-victorianism and Neo-Victorian Studies.

This conference is unique in that it takes place alongside the "Weekend at the Asylum" festival which will attract up to one thousand active steampunks to the beautiful and historic City of Lincoln. This makes it the perfect opportunity to meet and talk to some of the leading figures in this aspect of Neo-Victorianism.

The conference will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 11th September and will be held in the Victorian Annex of Lincoln Castle. There will be an opportunity for delegates to explore the Victorian Courtroom and cell block which are preserved there as well as the rest of the Castle itself.

The conference will begin with a chance to meet and chat with other delegates before an introductory address by John Naylor, Chair of the Victorian Steampunk Society. The day will consist of five panels. Each panel will have two speakers and a chair. Speakers are asked to offer a fifteen to twenty minute presentation allowing time for questions from the floor and further discusssion.

The organisers are seeking six speakers for the three afternoon panels. We solicit proposals of not more than 250 words to be submitted to John Naylor ( by May 1st 2010. Possible topics might include:

Steampunk fiction and poetry
Steampunk in popular film and media
The aesthetics of steampunk
Steampunk and Neo-Victorianism
International Steampunk
The politics of "techno-anachrofetishism"
Steampunk and DIY
Nostalgia, re-enactment and remembrance
Steampunk and science fiction
Steampunk and music
Steampunk, gender and Class
Steampunk manifestoes
The conference will be brought to a close with a short plenary session and finish at 5pm.

Light refreshments will be provided but the conference does not plan to include lunch since we suspect delegates will want to explore some of the steampunk features which will be in the castle over the festival weekend. There are of course catering facilities in the Castle.

Registration is free but places are very strictly limited to just fifty. Delegates are strongly advised to book their place as quickly as they are able. Delegates will also be able to purchase subsidised tickets for the Asylum Steampunk Festival although several features will be open to delegates at no charge

We hope that this will be the first in a series of annual conferences on Steampunk and Neo-Victorianism and look forward to welcoming you to Lincoln.