Since the premiere of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther in 2018, the genre of afrofuturism or Black science fiction has become an integral part of mainstream American popular culture and public intellectual debate. But what is it that sets afrofuturism apart from other American science fiction? And why is afrofuturism particularly popular and powerful in the 21st century? Learn about the long history of afrofuturism and Black science fiction and their relevance to today’s popular culture. We will watch and discuss movies such as Black Panther (2018), Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), Spike Lee’s See You Yesterday (2019), Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country TV series (2020), and short stories by the two giants of afrofuturist literature: Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the aesthetic, history, and cultural significance of afrofuturism
- Familiarity with key films, television shows, and literature within the genre
- Anyone with an interest in American and African American cultural history
- Those with an appreciation for science fiction