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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

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, 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... 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... Read More →
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Thaddeus Howze

Attendee, Krypton Radio
Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster and activist creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus works as a writer and editor for two magazines, the Good Men Project, a men's magazine... Read More →
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De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University.  He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003).  His recent work includes, “This Time for Africa!: Afrofuturism as Alternate (American... 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... 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... Read More →
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Sheree Renée Thomas

Editor: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Sheree Renée Thomas, a 2022 Hugo Award Finalist, is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fir... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Wilson BC (190)