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Vertigo at Midnight Opening Reception

  • Scripps College 1030 Columbia Ave Claremont, CA, 91711 United States (map)

The theme of the inaugural Midnight Vistas conference concerns the collective emancipatory potential of Afrofuturism as a “movement.” Quite rightly, the prospects of Afrofuturism range far beyond what may be its distinctive skilled means in the practical service of freedom. But, specifically, we wish to consider that great range of capability in light of such service. We find promise in the notion of Afrofuturism as a kind of movement deeply constituted by both a conscious and critical concern with movements as such. As a social practice, it appears to arise out of an anxiety in contemporary black life about the efficacy of social movements as they have heretofore worked. But, if so, such unease within Afrofuturism may yet carry with it a vision that helps us to depart/impart earlier movements and search out effective ways forward. As a speculative concern with what is via what could be, free black extrapolation about the possible may produce potent new methods in both the critical practice and theory of this important cultural movement.


Later Event: March 5