Afrofuturism: Re-imagining Our World

A Special Online Conversation – Presented in Partnership with UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET

We have seen an explosion of media platforms and a renaissance for storytelling. World-building has been at the heart of this trend, from popular sci-fi like Battlestar Galactica and the Expanse, to superhero franchises like the Avengers and Watchmen and other beloved titles like Harry Potter and Hunger Games.

Audiences are becoming increasingly familiar with Afrofuturism, which combines world-building (and often elements of sci-fi, fantasy, or historical fiction) with uniquely African and African American themes. During this conversation, we’ll explore the genre and some of the incredible worlds that have been imagined by Afrofuturist creators and discuss how these stories reach audiences on the printed page and on the screen. We’ll also talk about the cultural impact of this work and the unique conversation that these stories have with Black culture.

Host: 

  • Jay Tucker, Executive Director, Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES), UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

Panelists: 

  • Tananarive Due, Lecturer, UCLA Department of African American Studies
  • Kamil Oshundara, Cultural Executive, Monkeypaw Productions
  • Ytasha Womack, Author (Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture), filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist

Registration is complimentary and capacity is limited.