Science as Spectacle: Monsters, Magic, and the Supernatural

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Galvinism, ghosts, mesermism, and mediums — Victorian audiences were enthralled with discoveries that blurred the lines between science and magic, life and death. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey Public demonstrations of scientific discoveries and supernatural wonders were both popular entertainment in the nineteenth century, which sometimes made it difficult to tell the […]

Eminent Pigeon Fanciers: How Everyday Victorians Contributed to Science

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Learn how pigeon breeders, fern collectors, butterfly enthusiasts, and more contributed to scientific knowledge in the nineteenth century and how you can follow in their footsteps. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey The study of Natural History was a popular past time in the Victorian era, inspiring everyday people to explore, collect, and […]

The Art of Capoeira

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Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dan Tres OMi Dan Tres OMi of Capoeira Dayton will lead a hands-on capoeira workshop. Participants will learn about the history and sounds of capoeira as well as some basic movements of this Afro-Brazilian martial arts style before practicing what they picked up on each other!   Dan Tres OMi, […]

Guest Author – Robyn Bennis

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The International Steampunk Symposium is excited to have Robyn Bennis, author of The Guns Above and By Fire Above, as our 2019 Guest of Honor Author. Robyn Bennis has done research and development involving human gene expression, neural connectomics, cancer diagnostics, rapid flu testing, gene synthesis, genome sequencing, being so preoccupied with whether she could that she never stopped to think […]


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Scythe is an engine-building, asymmetric, competitive board game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. Gaming at Symposium 2019 – GM Captain Karl August Bergmann It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war […]

Mixology 101/210 (21+)

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Learn the exciting secrets of a home bar! Presented at Symposium 2019 by Calamity Labs Join Calamity Labs as they take you on a journey all about home bars! Learn how to stock your bar, and what to do with the things you’ve got! Cocktail recipes, techniques of bartending, and more will be discussed!   […]

Queering Steampunk (18+)

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A whirlwind tour through historical queers and queer steampunk. Presented at Symposium 2019 by Bay Gaillard Ever wonder about historical queer folks? Keen to find out what people are doing to queer the genre of Steampunk? Come find out!   Bay Gaillard writes erotica under the pen name Dominique Rothford and non-erotic short fiction under the pen […]