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Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism 

Date(s): Thursday, October 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Conversation, Discussion, Talk
Genre and Form(s): African American, Fantasy, Science Fiction, World Literature
Cost: Free

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About this Event

"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 Matt Bell 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. Arizona time on Zoom.

While this event has sold out on Zoom, you can watch the livestream on YouTube.

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.

Please note: As Phoenix does not observe daylight savings time, determining the correct time outside of Arizona can be somewhat confusing (especially as we move between MST and PDT throughout the year). To check the current time in Phoenix, Arizona, you can check the world time clock. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Piper Center at

About the Author

Photograph of Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death (in development at HBO into a TV series), the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Lodestar Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Her next novel, Ikenga, will be in stores August 2020.

Picture of Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. A native of Michigan, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.