CFP: Afrofuturism in Time and Space

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I'm delighted to announce that Isiah Lavender III and I seek essay proposals for an anthology called "Afrofuturism in Time and Space." Please see the CFP below and attached for more details. Also, please note that we thought we'd posted this sooner, and so the deadline in is just a few weeks.... If you are interested and need a bit more time to develop your proposal, please contact either me or Isiah off list.


Thanks, enjoy, and please pass along the good word. I hope to see proposals from some of you soon!


Best, Lisa


CFP: Afrofuturism in Time and Space


Co-editors Isiah Lavender III and Lisa Yaszek seek essays on black speculative art across

centuries, continents, and cultures for a new collection called “Afrofuturism in Time and Space.” When Mark Dery coined the term “Afrofuturism” in 1993 to describe art that explores issues of science, technology, and race from technocultural and science fictional perspectives, he did so primarily in reference to postwar African-American art, music, and literature. Over the past decade, however, scholars and artists alike have begun to redefine Afrofuturism, pushing its temporal boundaries back to the 17th-century roots of modern science and industry while expanding its geographic boundaries to include diasporic black and pan-African speculative fictions. As editors, we seek scholarly essays and artists’ case statements that demonstrate how to productively rethink Afrofuturism as a globe-spanning tapestry of creative voices and aesthetic practices linking historic African American, contemporary black Atlantic, and pan-African authors together in provocative new ways. That is to say, we are looking both backward through

history and outward from the U.S. At the same time, we also welcome works that treat what we might now call “classic” Afrofuturist authors and themes from new methodological perspectives.


While we, of course, welcome proposals on Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, and Nalo

Hopkinson, we also seek essays that address:


• Early African American literature

• Slave narratives and neo-slave narratives

• Jim Crow and Apartheid

• Poetry, film, graphic narrative, and sonic fictions

• Black Atlantic and other black diasporic aesthetic traditions

• Pan-African and regional African speculative fictions

• Little-known artists, understudied artists, emerging artists, and mainstream artists

working with Afrofuturist themes

• Occult or native scientific practices as they inform Afrofuturist texts


The editors invite submissions that respond to the focus of the volume and also welcome general inquiries about a particular topic’s suitability. Please submit 250 word abstracts, a working bibliography, and a brief CV electronically as MS Word attachments to Isiah Lavender III at and to Lisa Yaszek at by July 30, 2016.


Accepted articles should be between 5000 and 6500 words in length, including “Works Cited,” and prepared in MLA style, and forwarded as MS Word attachments.


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