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Astro-Blackness: Remaking and (Re)Mixing Black Identity Before, Now and Beyond

Astro-Blackness is a two-day colloquium scheduled to take place February 12th and 13th at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.  The colloquium serves as a “space” where the intellectual, creative, literary and even visual expressions of the “black experience” is examined through the prism of Afrofuturism, in a manner that is both abstract and plausible and no longer dominated by monolithic tropes perpetually tied to an urban landscape or exclusively earthbound. 

Thank you for your informal commitment to participate in this collection of artists, intellectuals and academics.

 This is a formal invitation for you to attend this colloquium.  Below is the topic list and time schedule. 

Best regards,
adilifu nama

DAY ONE—FEBRUARY 12TH

 9am-9:30am –OPENING REMARKS
Adilifu Nama — LMU

9:45am-10:25am: The Black Imagination and Afrofuturism:  Issues and Ideas of an Aesthetic
John Jennings — University of Buffalo

10:30am-11:45am: Science Fiction and Race
Reynaldo Anderson — Harris Stowe State University
Nnedi Okorafor — Chicago State University
Scott Heath — Georgia State University
Isaiah Lavender — LSU

12pm-1:15pm—Lunch Break

1:30-3:00: Milestone, Graphic Novels, Animation and Afrofuturism
Mike Davis & Denys Cowan — Milestone Media Founders
Jonathan Gayles — Georgia State University
Kevin Grevioux — Co-creator of Underworld (2003) film franchise.
LeSean Thomas — Animation Director (Boondocks, Black Dynamite)
Enrique Carrion – Creator/Writer of Vesell

3:15pm-5:45pm: Afrofuturism and Multimedia
The Love Brothers (Jeremy and Robert) — Artists
Brandon Easton — Writer
Tony Puryear—Writer
Kevin Sipp — Multimedia Artist

DAY TWO—FEBRUARY 13TH

9am-9:30am –OPENING REMARKS
Adilifu Nama

9:45am-10:30am: The Black Imagination and Science Fiction: A Conversation on Gender, Race and Ideas
Nalo Hopkinson — UC Riverside
Nnedi Okorafor — Chicago State University
Moderator: John Jennings — UB

10:45am-11:45am: The Articulation of Racial Ethics and Afrofuturism
Safiya Noble — University Illinois Urbana Champaign
Rev. Andrew Rollins — Writer
Walidah Imarsha — Writer/Activist
Adrienne Maree Brown — Writer

12pm-1:15pm—Lunch Break

1:30-2:45pm: Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany & Ismael Reed:  Radical Race Talk, Crit/Lit and Sci-Fi
Bill Campbell — Writer
Nalo Hopkinson — UCR
Ayize Jama Everett — Writer
D. Scott Miller — Writer/Artist

3pm-4:30pm: Spaceships, Motherships, and Black Arks as Metaphor and Motif: Janelle Monae, Sun Ra, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Flying Lotus and Alice Coltrane
Scot Brown — UCLA
Didier Sylvain – PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Gabriel Solis — Musicologist
Ytasha Womack — Author/Futurist

5:00-6:00pm: Parting Shots
M. Asli Dukan — Filmmaker
Ebony Thomas — UPENN
Grace Gibson — UC Berkeley
Sherryl Vint — UC Riverside

Rebagel widely!

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