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Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms
Panel on African Disaporic Speculative Fiction

*Erica Edwards
*Fred Moten
*Adilifu Nama
*Vorris Nunle

From black power science fiction to Afrofuturism, the “black experience” has a long and vibrant (and often overlooked) tradition of speculative fiction. In this panel, Erica Edwards (University of California, Riverside), Fred Moten (University of California, Riverside), Adilifu Nama (Loyla Marymont University), Vorris Nunley (University of California, Riverside), and Taylor Evans (University of California, Riverside) will discuss some of the ways that the literature, aesthetics, culture, and rhetoric of the African diaspora intersect and engage with speculative fiction traditions.

“Alternative Futurisms” is a year-long John E. Sawyer seminar, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will bring together scholars, writers, and artists to work on the intersections between ethnic identity and futuristic speculation. It will convene at UCR in Fall 2015 and run through Spring 2016 and the Center for Ideas and Society.

Art work by John Jennings.