Organizing Committee
  • Organizing Committee
  • Presenters in the Claiming Space Symposium
  • Presenters in the Claiming Space Symposium
  • Video Presentations
  • Video Presentations
  • The communities and individuals who build Afrofuturism up, as well as those that draw from it, work together to claim and reclaim space—in the stories we tell of the past and in the visions we imagine of the future. Explore various ways of claiming and reclaiming space.

    Topics include:

    Organizing Committee
  • Organizing Committee
  • Presenters in the Claiming Space Symposium
  • Presenters in the Claiming Space Symposium
  • Video Presentations
  • Video Presentations
  • The communities and individuals who build Afrofuturism up, as well as those that draw from it, work together to claim and reclaim space—in the stories we tell of the past and in the visions we imagine of the future. Explore various ways of claiming and reclaiming space.

    Topics include:

       

    Aquatic Space Njelle Hamilton

    Mindships: AfroFuturistic Travel in the Caribbean Imaginary

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    Ayana V. Jackson

    From the Deep In the Wake of Drexciya - Ayana V. Jackson

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    Yuko Miki

    Reimagining the Middle Passage

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    Morgan P. Vickers

    Reservoir Noir: Dreaming through Submergence

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    Terrestrial Space Julian Chambliss

    Recovering Black Speculative Space in Eatonville, FL

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    Eto Otitigbe

    Unrecognizable Wreckage and Alien Shrapnel: Public Art as Cultural Transformer

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    Synatra Smith & Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad

    A Philly Jawn: Curated Black Geographies

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    Lisa Yaszek

    A Brief History of Megacities and Social Justice in Black Science Fiction

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    Safiyah Cheatam

    Yarrow Mamout: Weaver of Islam, Counter-Memory, and Afrofuturism in late 18th century Georgetown, DC

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    James Deutsch

    Folkloric Motifs in Nalo Hopkinson's Speculative Fiction

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    D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem

    Denenge: Afrofuturity

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    Saisha Grayson

    Mapping Transtemporal Networks for Liberation in "Sojourner" by Cauleen Smith

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    J. Brendan Shaw

    “The Hall of Missy”: Imagining a Black Women’s Museum

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    D'Ondre Swails

    The Blues Never Dies

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    Cyber Space Claudia Alick

    Resisting Genocide Through Digital Connections

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    Reynaldo Anderson

    Afrofuturism: Theory, Praxis, & Movement

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    Trisha Barton

    Speculative STEM Curriculums

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    Rebecca Hankins & Jeremy Brett

    Preserving Afrofuturist Legacies

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    Mutale Nkonde

    Blackness Unbound: Afrofuturism and the revolutionary imagination

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    Personal Space Lauren Bernard

    Black Screens, Black Voices

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    Elizabeth Chin

    The Laboratory of Speculative Ethnology

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    John Jennings

    Before Black Panther

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    Andrew Mulenga Video Forthcoming Helane Androne

    Love Theory: the Legacy archetype of womanist speculation

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    Lonny Brooks & Ahmed Best

    Welcome to AVEN: Claiming Black Space in Virtual Reality Pluriverse

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    Outer Space Timiebi Aganaba

    Africanfuturism in the Space 5.0 Era

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    Elizabeth Hamilton

    Narratives of Fugility

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    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Interplanetary Black Feminism

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    Danielle Wood

    Questioning designs for human space endeavors through a Black Queer Feminist Lens

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    Ruvimbo Samanga

    The Afronauts: Connecting shared African histories & futures through storytelling

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    Christopher White

    George Clinton, Alienation, & the US Astronautical Imagination

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    The video presentations were created for the virtual Claiming Space Symposium, January 27-29, 2022.