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Afrofuturism AFRO-A 3030

IUPUI Africana Studies

Fall 2020

AFRO-A 303

Afrofuturism: Black Possibility

Instructor: Dr. Gemmicka Piper

Grace Jones performing at 2016 FYF Festival
Dave Gould. “Grace Jones performing on Main Stage of 2016 FYF Festival at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA.”
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grace-Jones_fyf2016-2.jpg.

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What is Afrofuturism?

Ytasha Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (2013), shares a beautifully encompassing definition of the term: “Afrofuturism is an intersection of imagination, technology, the future, and liberation…. Both an artistic aesthetic and a framework for critical theory, Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western beliefs. In some cases, it is a total reenvisioning of the past and speculation about the future rife with cultural critiques” (9).
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Course Description:

Because of the concept’s “ungroundedness” in a particular and discreet field of inquiry or even chronological time, Afrofuturism remains an unwieldly topic. We will engage the Afrofuturistic movement and deconstruct it as it has unraveled across multiple eras, and mediums. In doing so, we will establish connections between popular culture, political rights, and interrogate the technological possibilities which have emerged out of the narratives and work produced by some of the movement’s key figures. *This is an 8W2 WEB course.
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