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First Year Seminar: Afro-futures: A First Year Seminar for the End of the World

African And African-american Studies 185 - Spring 2020

Afrofuturism as a concept is only twenty-five-years-old. But the aesthetic practice of imagining and constructing alternative techno-futures, presents, and pasts while placing Blackness and people from Africa and the diaspora at the center of these narratives certainly predates the word. As a genre that includes literature, music, visual arts, Afrofuturism is closely linked to magical realism, science fiction, and Afropunk. In this course, we will conceive of Afrofuturism as a global practice. In the spirit of imagining alternative histories, this course resists the standard narrative of the genre that it began in the west and was then later picked up by African artists. The readings and syllabus are designed to bring together literature, music, and film from African artists and intellectuals who often resist bounded categories but nevertheless engage in the practice of daring to imagine otherwise.
Course Attributes: EN HFYSBU BABU ISAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUMAS SCFA CPSC

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First Year Seminar: Afro-futures: A First Year Seminar for the End of the World
INSTRUCTOR: Shearer
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