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15) "Unveiling the Limits of Our ‘Quest for Authenticity’. Visual Aesthetics: Afrofuturism, Gender, and the African Diaspora"
Panel Chair: Silvia Castro Borrego, Universidad de Málaga
E-mail: scb@uma.es  


Afrofuturism, a term coined in the 1990s by Mark Dery in his article "Black to the Future," describes music, literature, and art that contains elements of science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, historical fiction, Afrocentricity, and non-Western cosmologies. The genre primarily critiques past and present dilemmas faced by people of color, while also imagining futures for those groups that stem from the experiences of cultures formed as a result of the historical African diaspora. Afrofuturism introduces an aesthetic that illuminates African culture's intertwining with the cosmic (in both the technological and metaphysical senses). Afrofuturism allows us to boldly imagine the future, seizing the ever present past, thus allowing a reflection on the past as a function of the future.

This panel welcomes papers that explore expressions and examinations of music, cinema, literature and graphic art through the lenses of Afrofuturism and its cross-disciplinary influence.


Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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