Joint Virtual Event: Afrofuturism in the 21st Century

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 3:00pm

“Black people have finally wrested control of their own future images, using the speculative art form known as Afrofuturism to reboot black identity, challenge white supremacy, and imagine a range of futures in full color.”

--Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century

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June 22, 2021 3pm EST




Isiah Lavender III (he/him) is Sterling Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. His books include Race in American Science Fiction, Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science FictionAfrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement, and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Lisa Yaszek, 2020). His current projects include: The Routledge Handbook of Alternative Futurisms, the interview collection Conversations with Nalo Hopkinson, and the monograph “Critical Race Theory and Science Fiction.” Finally, he edits for Extrapolation—the oldest science fiction journal—as one of its six editors.  




Lisa Yaszek is Regents’ Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she explores science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures. Her books include Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction; Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction; The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women; and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Isiah Lavender III, 2020). Her ideas have been featured in venues including The Washington Post, CBS News Sunday Morning, the AMC miniseries James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, Yaszek currently serves as a juror for the John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Science Fiction Awards.


Bill Campbell is a native of Pittsburgh and an alumnus of Northwestern University. Throughout his varied and illustrious career, he has done everything from assembling Christmas toys in Cleveland; loading trucks, bookkeeping, and being an AmeriCorps volunteer in Atlanta; coordinating an elementary school literacy program in D.C. to teaching English as a second language in the Czech Republic. Campbell’s books include novels such as Sunshine Patriots, edited anthologies such Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (with Ed Hall); and graphic novels including The Day the Klan Came to Town. He lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing, which specializes in genre fiction with a multicultural flair.

Rebecca J. Holden is a fan and scholar of feminist, YA, and African American science fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and is currently a Principal Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Holden has published essays, book chapters, and reviews in Foundation, Science Fiction Studies, Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature, LA Review of BooksLiterary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler and others. With Nisi Shawl, Holden co-edited and contributed to Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler (2013).


Tenea D. Johnson is a multimedia storyteller, musician, A&E entrepreneur, and an award-winning author of 7 speculative fiction works, including this year’s releases, Frequencies, a Fiction Album, and Broken Fevers, of which Publisher’s Weekly wrote “the 14 hard-hitting, memorable short stories and prose vignettes in this powerhouse collection from Johnson … are astounding in their originality.”










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Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality) Cover Image
By Ph.D. Lisa Yaszek (Editor), Isiah Lavender III (Editor)
ISBN: 9780814255964
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Published: Ohio State University Press - August 20th, 2020

In Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century, eminent contributors pay tribute to Afrofuturism as a powerful and evolving aesthetic practice that communicates the experience of science, technology, and race across centuries, continents, and cultures.

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond Cover Image
By Bill Campbell (Editor), Edward Austin Hall (Editor)
ISBN: 9780989141147
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Published: Rosarium Publishing - October 1st, 2013

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond is a groundbreaking speculative fiction anthology that showcases the work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction across the globe—including Junot Diaz, Victor LaValle, Lauren Beukes, N. K. Jemisin, Rabih Alameddine, S. P. Somtow, and more.

The Day the Klan Came to Town Cover Image
By Bill Campbell, Bizhan Khodabandeh (Illustrator), P. Djeli Clark (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781629638720
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Published: PM Press - August 31st, 2021

Broken Fevers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732638853
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Published: Rosarium Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

From humor to horror, the speculative fiction in Broken Fevers has a gleaming edge. This new collection by award winner Tenea D. Johnson features 14 tales. Though many are dark, they pull one through the light, if only for a moment, to visit the next vista, a new world, or this one recast in an uncertain future.

Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement (New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814255568
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Published: Ohio State University Press - October 9th, 2019

Growing out of the music scene, afrofuturism has emerged as an important aesthetic through films such as Black Panther and Get Out. While the significance of these sonic and visual avenues for afrofuturism cannot be underestimated, literature remains fundamental to understanding its full dimensions. Isiah Lavender’s Afrofuturism Rising 

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ISBN: 9781683834977
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Published: Insight Editions - May 15th, 2018

The perfect companion to AMC’s six-part television series James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, this unique book explores the history and evolution of the genre with contributions from the filmmakers who have helped bring it to life

For the show, James Cameron personally interviewed six of the biggest names in science fiction