This blog accompanies the Afro-Futurisms in African American Literature course at the University of Kentucky (DaMaris Hill and Nathan Moore). The course is designed to be a literary seminar course that examines theoretical perspectives associated with Afrofuturism in science/speculative fiction. This course will explore tropes and aesthetic practices associated with Afrofuturism as a part of the African American literary tradition, inclusive of literary conceptions of neo-slave narratives.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Moving Boldly Towards the Horizon: My Afrofuturist Reflections
this semester comes to a close, I really must take the time to reflect on all
the things I have done and been exposed to these last few months. I have never
had so much fun and been so challenged by a class as I was with this course.
The intertextuality between art and scholarship is something I have really come
to cherish from this course.
This course has expanded my perceptions of
identity politics in terms of race, gender, class, and sexuality. The visionary
approaches of how to discuss patriarchy, supremacy and oppression have been
unbelievably rewarding to me not only as a scholar but as an artist as well. I
can undoubtedly say that this course has been extremely influential in how I
write both analytically and creatively. And one, if not the best things, I have
gained from this course is a reflection of my many interests and the space in
which to invest them wholeheartedly.
eyes have been opened to the avenues that are available to me and have
validated my interests as fruitful. But what is most encouraging and truly
invigorating is that I have been able to recognize the opportunity I have both
as a writer and a scholar to discuss issues, promote equality, and challenge ingrained notions of normalcy and deviation.
cannot express how much this scholarship, this lens of discussing popular
culture, art, science, research and otherness is so valuable to society. It is
only when we can freely have the conversations that Afrofuturists are striving
to create can we begin to more fully dismantle systems of inequality. And being
able to put myself into direct contact with this strain of thought has been so
very enriching. I can honestly say that this semester has necessary to what I
want to do for the rest of my life and I am so thankful to have had the
opportunity to follow my interests and passions so freely.
And for all that couldn't be said in this post, you may watch here.
Thank you all for sharing in this amazing journey with me.