15th October 2019 by

Alondra Nelson – ‘AfroFuturism: Past-Future Visions’ (22nd of Oct)

For Week 2 of the Critical Theory Reading Group, we will be analysing and discussing Alondra Nelson’s ‘AfroFuturism: Past-Future Visions’. This sessions will take place in the Westmere Lounge at 3-5pm  on Tuesday the 22nd of October – snacks and refreshments provided.

Nelson engages with innovation and improvisation in the African Diaspora’s histories and Futures. In ‘AfroFuturism: Past-Future Visions’, Nelson explores Afrofuturism; a term that was originally coined by Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future” as an attempt to frame both black identity and experience in science and technology. Throughout the essay, Nelson focuses on Afrofuturism’s narrative sonic and visual components while also exploring the works of Nigerian-born photographer Fatimah Tuggar. For Nelson Afrofuturism is vital, as it envisions utopic and sometimes dystopic tomorrows, which act as necessary alternatives to unbalanced and neocolonial developments in the modern world. This, as well as the importance of Afrofuturism within the discourse that developed during the speculative turn, cements Nelson as a crucial thinker in a rich, and growing  field of critical study.

Still from the trailer for John Akomfrah’s ‘The Last Angel of History’

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We look forward to seeing you all on the 22nd!

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