In thinking about what I might be able to contribute to SWAG, it occurred to me that one service I could provide that I don't think others have already would be to give citations to, and summaries of, the academic research currently being published about steampunk. 

I'm not, at the moment, conducting any form of steampunkology myself, but I have access to journals that those who aren't academically affiliated may not be able to easily procure, and I'll do my best to translate the "academese" into something a little easier to understand. I also might be able to point out areas where scholars could take an article and expand on it or criticize it, in the hope of inspiring more academic research and discussion about the genre.


My hope is that this will help college, graduate school, and independent scholars get a start on their literature reviews by suggesting which articles might be most and least useful to any given paper, and that it will also interest the general steampunk writer/reader/tinkerer/fan interested in what's being said about steampunk within the ivory tower. Please note that for copyright reasons I cannot send readers copies of articles, although I might be able to put you in touch with the author to make a direct request.

If you've published or will soon be publishing academic/scholarly research on steampunk, I'd appreciate hearing about your work and getting a chance to summarize it here.  If you've presented a conference paper on steampunk that you'd be willing to let me describe, I'd love to get a copy of it, since I know that not every conference paper will be pursued to publication. And if you're curious about an article about steampunk that you may have seen cited online or in another text, please send me the citation information  and I'll do my best to track it down and write about it for you.

See you here again soon....

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Comment by Lia Keyes on March 24, 2011 at 1:09pm
LOVE this idea, Dru! Should we create a separate group for it on the SWAG site so we can gather all the info in one place?
Comment by Dru Pagliassotti on March 24, 2011 at 1:35pm
Whatever might be useful; I'd like to do the reviews here on my blog (gotta use it for *something* different than my official blog), but pulling together a clearinghouse of research might offer other opportunities, too -- maybe it could include more popular sources of information, and reviews, and that sort of thing...?
Comment by Helen Ryan on March 30, 2011 at 1:09pm
Looks like it will be fascinating. I've read a paper or two, but you're right, the majority of 'steampunkology' papers are not widespread.


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