Afrofuturism and African Futurism: Speculative Fiction of Africa and the African Diaspora

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Call for Papers
March 23, 2023 to March 26, 2023
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Submit 300-word abstracts and brief bio to by September 30, 2022

This panel is part of the 2023 Northeast Modern Language Association conference (NeMLA) to be held March 23-26. 2023

Afrofuturism, a term coined in the 1990s and meant to encompass speculative writings and culture from Africa and the African Diaspora, has become over the years a vibrant genre of literary and arts culture. Speculative fiction has long been thought to be the realm of primarily western, white, and male authors. However, from as far back as W. E. B. Du Bois’s “The Comet” in 1920 to Ryan Coogler’s vision of Black Panther, writers and artists of African descent have been casting their creativity toward the future to embrace and engage themes of race, gender, technology, and the future of humanity. Just as speculative fiction has always done, Afrofuturism illuminates contemporary issues by placing them in fantastical contexts, more specifically Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns that have been otherwise neglected in the science fiction/fantasy canon. This panel seeks to examine Afrofuturist and African Futurist literature to highlight voices of black empowerment and to privilege black narratives in speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy from Africa and the African Diaspora.

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Angela Drummond