Afrofuturism has become something of a buzzword—but at the same time, it has become mobilized as a movement seeking to not only imagine but implement new futures for blackness. But what does Afrofuturism mean, where does it come from, and what can it do, as a weapon of theory in the praxis of decolonization? In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into the history, politics, and philosophy of Afrofuturism, thinking how its performative strategies, science fictional aesthetics, and radical black imaginaries can reframe what it means to be “human" (or not)—and thus reconfigure modes of belonging, ethics, and political action. With the climate devastation of the Anthropocene posing an immediate threat to the survival of all species, we will turn to how Afrofuturist epistemologies—other modes of knowing, healing, sensing, and becoming (in) the world—can decolonize white neoliberal discourses and their destructive politics.

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FACILITATOR

TOBIAS VAN VEEN