From Marvel’s release of Black Panther in 2018 to the speculative landscapes of N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo award-winning Broken Earth trilogy, images and conversations around Afrofuturism have arguably taken on new life and meaning within our contemporary moment.
The present, then, represents a rich occasion for us to reflect on the legacies and continuing stakes of Afrofuturism as well as how it has led to the proliferation of “Ethnofuturisms,” including Latinx futurisms, indigenous futurisms, and a renewed attention to techno-orientalism and the specter and spectacle of Asian futurity.
This interdisciplinary symposium signals an opportunity for us to take stock of the important scholarly and cultural work that has made it possible to think something like “ethnofuturisms” and to grapple, more broadly, with the stakes consolidated under the idea of “futurisms” as a genre, politics, and mode of being-in-the-world. In the spirit of the visionary work that inspired this symposium, we have organized a range of scholarly panels and creative workshops and performances that invite deeper reflection on the intersections between race, aesthetics, politics, and the imagination of other worlds and multiple futures.
Past Projects and Collaborations
- The Futures Initiative & HASTAC (2017-2018)
- Mentoring Future Faculty of Color (2012-2016)
- Currents of the Black Atlantic (2014)