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Saturday, September 2 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Afrofuturism: Butler and Beyond

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Afrofuturism can be characterized as an artistic movement - one that attempts to discover, recover, and reinvent the film, literature, and graphic art created by African-Americans and other Afro-diaspora peoples across the globe. Most fundamentally, literary Afrofuturism attempts to imagine a future in which black peoples and cultures have found a voice and gained visibility alongside or apart from traditional Eurocentric themes and traditions, which both respects the legacy of African-American and Afro-diaspora peoples and attempts to break free of the stereotypes and historical injustices that define so much of modern race-related thinking. This marriage of African-American literature and SF yields interesting discourses on race, gender, technology, and the face of the future. Scholars will discuss Afrofuturist literature, its legacy, its ethos, and its most pressing questions.

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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

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André Carrington

andré carrington is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction... Read More →
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Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
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De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He achieved his PhD in American Civilization from Brown University in 1994. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race, and Visions of Utopia in Space ... Read More →
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Kristen Lillvis

Kristen Lillvis is an associate professor of English at Marshall University. She is the author of Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination (U of Georgia P, 2017), and the co-editor of Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers. Her work has been published... Read More →
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Melanie Marotta

Melanie A. Marotta received her PhD in English from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts. Marotta is an editor for the Museum of Science Fiction’s Journal of Science Fiction and has been a member of the SFRA since 2012... Read More →
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Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, named on the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award “Worthy” List and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review) and Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems. She is the editor of the groundbreaking... Read More →


Saturday September 2, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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