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Black Americans talk about creating steampunk characters that are empowered by re-imagined historical narratives.

Presented at Symposium 2019 by Ofeibea Loveless, Teal Bowen, & Cassandra L. Jones, Ph.D.

This panel will focus on how black American cosplayers/steampunks see themselves in and operate inside of the steampunk genre, and discuss show re-imagining the country’s antebellum past can be represented and reworked in a steampunk future.


Ofeibea Loveless is Her Royal Airship Ashanti‘s mechanic/engineer. A surly woman with quiet, calculating demeanor, Ofeibea keeps the ship in tip top shape. Damage her baby and be prepared to pay the consequences! 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, Ofeibea is the co-founder of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance.

Cassandra L. Jones is 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 is a scientist with a penchant for complicated machinery that solves everyday problems. Along with Ofeibea Loveless, she is a founding member of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance.


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