Call for Papers: ‘Afrofuturistic Elements’, Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, U.S.A (Deadline: September 01)

The 10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies,
Interdisciplinary Conference
at James Madison University, Virginia, USA,
20-21 February 2020

We are delighted to share this call for papers for the panel titled, “The African Notebook: Afrofuturistic Elements in College History Courses” as part of the 10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies,  Interdisciplinary Conference, 2020. The purpose of the panel is to gather a selected group of scholars for a discussion that will explore the implementation of Afrofuturistic theories, methodologies, and practices in college history courses. Even though the focus is the college history course the conveners are open to any Black/African subject such as African literature, for example.


Sankofa, courtesy of Adinkra

Afrofuturism is commonly known or read as a literary body of historical fiction, artistic production, scientific advancements, science fiction, history, and fantasy culture that embraces an Afrocentric or African-centered relationship to the reader or spectator. Afrofuturism inspires Black people to use non-Western cosmologies, develop theories, critique global white supremacy, and reevaluate political and cultural events of the past. The convener is therefore seeking scholars or practitioners of Africana, African, Pan African, African American, and African Diaspora disciplines who have or will implement Afrofuturism within the context of teaching Africana/African history courses.

Panelist presentations should be inclusive but not limited to:

  • Afrofuturism and Africana Histories
  • Black Digital Humanities
  • Black Speculative Fiction and African Histories
  • Afrofuturism/Science and Technology, inclusive to Africana/African Histories
  • Black Fantasy Culture and Histories
  • Africana Ethnicities and Afrofuturism
  • African-based Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism and Histories
  • Africology Mythology and Cosmologies
  • African Music and Arts, inclusive to Africana/African Histories
  • Afrofuturistic and Metaphysics

Perspective panelists should send a concise abstract of 200-250 words to Latif Tarik, by September 1, 2019 with the subject heading: Last Name/Afrofuturistic Conference. Please include: presentation title, name, institutional affiliation, email address, brief bio, and the course that includes Afrofuturistic elements.

Excerpt example of published essay on the topic in: Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies.

Please follow the link for more information.

Contact Info:
Latif A. Tarik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Elizabeth City State University
G.R. Little Library
1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Phone: (252) 335-3647

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