Androids, Shape Shifters, and Vampires

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  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday February 20, 2014
      10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Ferst Room, Georgia Tech Library
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    Free
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Lisa Yaszek
School of Literature, Media and Communication

Summaries

Summary Sentence: Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, explores the Afrofuturist feminism.

Full Summary: Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, explores the Afrofuturist feminism.

The School of Literature, Media and Communication welcomes Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, to speak on "Androids, Shape Shifters, and Vampires: Black Women's Afrofuturist Feminist Cultural Productions."

Abstract:
When Afrofuturist soul singer Erykah Badu calls herself “an analog girl in a digital world,” she is underscoring not only her connection to a pre-digital sensibility, but also her status as an outsider within mainstream American culture. Nevertheless, Badu’s brand of futurist music, fashion, and politics troubles her claim to a wholly “analog” identity and suggests that she has a complicated relationship to the intersections of technology, normative notions of progress, and human relationships.

This talk argues that Badu, alongside other artists and writers such as Janelle Monáe, Alice Smith, Octavia E. Butler, and Tananarive Due navigate complex relationships to futurism and remix tropes from science fiction, fantasy, and horror in popular culture and literature in ways that both push back against dominant futurist discourse and expands the possibilities for Black women’s understandings of themselves and their places in the world.

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Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Graduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
african american, Afrofuturism, fiction, literature, LMC
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  • Created By: Michael Hagearty
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  • Created On: Feb 18, 2014 - 11:17am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:23pm