Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism

by Alondra Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822365456

ISBN-13: 9780822365457

Pub. Date: 06/03/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Challenging mainstream technocultural assumptions of a raceless future, Afrofuturism explores culturally distinct approaches to technology. This special issue addresses the intersection between African diasporic culture and technology through literature, poetry, science fiction and speculative fiction, music, visual art, and the Internet and maintains that

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Challenging mainstream technocultural assumptions of a raceless future, Afrofuturism explores culturally distinct approaches to technology. This special issue addresses the intersection between African diasporic culture and technology through literature, poetry, science fiction and speculative fiction, music, visual art, and the Internet and maintains that racial identity fundamentally influences technocultural practices.
The collection includes a reflection on the ideologies of race created by cultural critics in their analyses of change wrought by the information age; an interview with Nalo Hopkinson, the award-winning novelist and author of speculative fiction novels Midnight Robber and Brown Girl in the Ring, who fuses futuristic thinking with Caribbean traditions; an essay on how contemporary R&B music presents African American reflections on the technologies of everyday life; and an article examining early interventions by the black community to carve out a distinct niche in cyberspace.

Contributors. Ron Eglash, Anna Everett, Tana Hargest, Nalo Hopkinson, Tracie Morris, Alondra Nelson, Kalí Tal, Fatimah Tuggar, Alexander G. Weheliye
Alondra Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies Program at New York University and is the Ann Plato Fellow at Trinity College. She will begin teaching in the African American Studies and Sociology Departments at Yale University in the fall of 2002.

Contributors. Ron Eglash, Anna Everett, Tana Hargest, Nalo Hopkinson, Alondra Nelson, Tracie Morris, Kali Tal, Fatimah Tuggar, Alexander G. Weheliye

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822365457
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/03/2002
Series:
Social Text Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Future Texts1
Images17
"Feenin": Posthuman Voices in Contemporary Black Popular Music21
Race, Sex, and Nerds: From Black Geeks to Asian American Hipsters49
"That Just Kills Me": Black Militant Near-Future Fiction65
Poetry93
"Making the Impossible Possible": An Interview with Nalo Hopkinson97
Bitter Nigger Inc.115
The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Afrocentricity and the Digital Public Sphere125

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