Sign In / Sign Out
Navigation for Entire University
- ASU Home
- My ASU
- Colleges and Schools
- Map and Locations
Date(s): Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Armstrong Hall 101, 1100 South McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type(s): Conversation, Discussion, Talk
Genre and Form(s): African American, Fantasy, Science Fiction, World Literature
"Africanfuturism is concerned with visions of the future, is interested in technology, leaves the earth, skews optimistic, is centered on and predominantly written by people of African descent (black people) and it is rooted first and foremost in Africa. It's less concerned with "what could have been" and more concerned with "what is and can/will be". It acknowledges, grapples with and carries "what has been"."
—from Nnedi Okorafor's "Africanfuturism Defined"
By engaging the culture, history, and mythology of premodern and contemporary Nigeria, Nnedi Okorafor creates science fiction and fantasy narratives that don't privilege the Western world. Instead, her writing asks, what are the different, more inclusive, futures we can imagine?
Join Nnedi Okorafor and Education Progams Manager Malik Toms for a conversation on the premodern influences on Okorafor's writing across a variety of media—television, novels, novellas, short stories, graphic novels, and more—at Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism: An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Armstrong Hall room 101 at Arizona State University Tempe (1100 South McAllister Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281).
Presented by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.
While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. Seating is first-come, first-served. RSVPs or registrations do not gaurantee or reserve seats. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is free and open to the public.
In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at http://piper.asu.edu/covid-19.