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Date(s): Thursday, October 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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 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 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom.
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.