R305. Afrofuturism and the Future

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writers and scholars from the African Diaspora often use the past and future to have difficult conversations with the present. However, after the mainstream success of Black Panther moving Afrofuturism further into the mainstream culture industry, how will the future of Afrofuturism be articulated? Join four writers and scholars who will read from, and think through past, present, and future imaginaries of speculative Black writing: what it is, what it look like, and what it could be.



Joseph Earl Thomas is an MFA candidate at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on speculative fiction, primarily contemporary Black writers, Afrofuturism and Black nihilism. His writing can be found in Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and Philadelphia Stories.

Sheree Renée Thomas is the editor of the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies, and the author of Shotgun Lullabies and Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Tiptree Award. She is the Associate Editor of OBSIDIAN: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Humanities department at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri. Reynaldo has earned several awards for leadership and teaching excellence.


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