Sorry I did not post for most of the week; I have a slight sprained wrist, so I had to slow down a bit on writing. But anyway, here is some news articles and written pieces from the week:
*Martin Luther King in Science Fiction on i09
*”Playing a Minority Forecaster in search of Afrofuturism: where am I in this future, Stewart Brand?:” (This post is part of a larger chapter that will be in Afrofuturism 2.0, an anthology I will be part of, too)”The mapping of the future still confronts the weighted language of colonial expansion, exclusion, conquest and erasure for imagining the dilemmas of racial identity and intersecting identities as we race to the future. Intersecting identities takes into account the fluid, complexity and contradictory nature of the social identities we inhabit and perform. The social identity categories of gender, race, class, age, ability sexuality, and their full expression and currency in
Jaszmine Asha Hawkins
anticipatory visions require greater not less diligence. ‘But let justice roll down like waters’ as we interrogate how science fiction capital operates and how we can expand its horizons for defining who partakes meaningfully in the future”
*Visual Artist Jaszmine Asha Hawkins And The Art Culture of Steampunk
*2006 “Interviewing the Oracle: Octavia Butler” from Indypendent
*Afrotechtopia Exhibition at the Samek Art Museum of Bucknell Museum in Pennsylvania: “Afrotechtopia starts with Afrofuturism and probes into the adjoining dimensions of Afrosurrealism and the Ethno-gothic. Afrotechtopia includes artists who use the languages of technology and mythology to rewind the past and set the future spinning.”
*Calls for Proposals for Liberation Technologies at Aliied Media Conference:
“The post-apocalypse is here and real, where ancient and varied cultures and technologies have been erased in the name of Empire and Progress. What do we do when access to memory/the past has been standardized, and the potential to manifest and (dis)embody the joyous unknown has been shamed and left behind?
This track seeks sci-fi and speculative themed session proposals that disrupt, deconstruct, and reframe oppressive mainstream media networks, narratives, and representation by using sci-fi possibilities to reorient existence.”
*Yeezianity is a religion now? Hmmm?
*The Black Aquatic and Afrofuturism Panel Discussion at the Studio Museum on February 6. “Organized by Jared Richardson, PhD candidate in Art History at Northwestern University, this discussion features Alexander G. Weheliye, Professor of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University.”
*30 Minutes with George Clinton Interview: My heart hurts a bit reading what he said about Miley Cyrus.
*Below is part one of “We Must Free Our Imaginations” – a six-part series in which Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina speaks on the fear of imagination, religious institutional control, challenging conventional thoughts and actions and outsider structures and perceptions influencing and controlling African societies, hatred towards homosexuals, how to confront “demons,” and the ecstasy of madness. Recently, he came out as a gay man.
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