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What would the world look like without years of colonization that altered the lives, especially black lives, of many during the so-called Age of Exploration? What could the future hold for members of the African diaspora in terms of science, technology, and more? These are just two of many questions proposed by Afrofuturism, a cultural philosophy that discusses histories and sciences that could have been and could be, in relation to the world's African diaspora. Popular examples of Afrofuturism can be seen in the blockbuster film (based on the comic series) Black Panther, as well as in Janelle Monáe's album The ArchAndroid. Both of these examples include a heavy focus on technology and elements of sci-fi, both of which are characteristic of Afrofuturism. Explore more about this intriguing topic below.

In this display:

  • Book, S. (2014). Congotronic. University of Iowa Press.
  • Butler, O. E. (2017). Earthseed: The complete series. Open Road Media.
  • Carrington, A. M. (2016). Speculative blackness: The future of race in science fiction. University of Minnesota Press.
  • Dokotum, O. (2020). Hollywood and africa: Recycling the 'dark continent' myth from 1908-2020. NISC (Pty) Limited (National Inquiry Services Centre (Pty) Ltd).
  • Duffy, D., Butler, O. E., & Jennings, J. (2017). Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. Abrams ComicArts.
  • Gateward, F. (2015). The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Rutgers University Press.
  • Gunkel, H., & Lynch, K. (Eds.). (2019). We travel the space ways: Black imagination, fragments, and diffractions. Transcript Verlag.
  • Ko, A. (2017). Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism From Two Sisters. Lantern Books.
  • Lavender, I. I. (2011). Race in american science fiction. Indiana University Press.
  • Lavender, I. I. (Ed.). (2014). Black and brown planets: The politics of race in science fiction. University Press of Mississippi
  • Lillvis, K. (2017). Posthuman Blackness and the Black Female Imagination. University of Georgia Press.
  • Nama, A. (2008). Black space: Imagining race in science fiction film. University of Texas Press.
  • Shawl, N., & Campbell, B. (Eds.). (2015). Stories for chip: A tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Rosarium Publishing.
  • Steinskog, E. (2017). Afrofuturism and black sound studies: Culture, technology, and things to come. Palgrave Macmillan US.
  • Womack, Y. (2013). Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture: Vol. First edition. Independent Publishers Group.