Africa Table Series, University of Arizona Africana Studies Department

Africa Table Series: Talk Details

Afrofutures, Afrofantasies and the Afropresent: Why speculative stories are important for the contemporary Black existence

Okungbowa, ‘Suyi. A lecture presented at the University of Arizona Africana Studies Department’s Africa Table Speaker Series, 31 October 2020.

Recent improvements of African-descended representation in literature and popular media, especially those emphasizing speculative futures, pasts and presents, have birthed positive stories-turned-cultural-moments like Black Panther. This lecture explores the importance of celebrating Africanness within alternative realities, and the impact of such stories on imagining future Black liberty and growth.

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