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Going Global: Steampunk and Transnational Cultures

August 25, 2018 - August 26, 2018
Bishop Grosseteste University

Longdales Road
Lincoln LN1 3DY
United Kingdom

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Going Global: Steampunk and Transnational Cultures

The Asylum Steampunk Festival Conference

25th – 26th August 2018

Keynote Speaker: Yomi Ayeni – Transmedia Author, Producer, and Filmmaker

To celebrate a decade of the Asylum Festival, Europe’s largest steampunk festival, this conference will explore steampunk on the global scale.

Since the creation of the Asylum Festival, steampunk has grown in popularity, expanding from its initial literary forms and subcultural communities to infiltrate and inform many areas of popular culture and mass media. As it has been adopted and adapted around the world, so it has started to shift away from its Anglocentric, (neo-)Victorian roots. This has led to the rise of vibrant and diverse steampunk cultures and communities across the globe.

This conference will explore the nature of what has become a worldwide phenomenon. It will reflect on the factors that have encouraged steampunk’s global development, and examine the ways in which steampunk has been appropriated and inflected by countries and cultures across the planet.    

Each August Lincoln becomes the temporary capital of European steampunk culture. This is your opportunity to join us in a celebration of steampunk, to share papers and exchange ideas, and to participate in lively cross-disciplinary discussion. 

For more information please see the CFP, or contact Dr Karl Bell at and/or Dr Christine Berberich at

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