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.