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Black Futurisms and Other Imaginative Subversions (121st PAMLA Conference)

Palm Springs, California
Organization: Pacific Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Event: 121st PAMLA Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Literary Theory, African-American, 20th & 21st Century, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Native American, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2024-11-07 to 2024-11-10 Abstract Due: 2024-06-17

This is a call for cproposal for a panel for the 121st Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference being held Thursday, November 7, through Sunday, November 10, 2024 at the Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs, California.


Black, Indigenous, and multicultural/ethnic Futurisms aim to subvert and transform science fiction, a genre that underwrites some of the most central Western myths, beliefs, and practices about race, settlement, and what constitutes knowledge. These futurisms confront historical traumas, such as settler colonialism, and on-going practices of extractive technocultures. Most important, these futurisms reveal the underlying ideological dynamics that disrupt sovereignty, inclusion, and visibility within in and beyond literary communities of creation and reception. The papers on this panel explore global cultural projects of futurism in literature, music, dance, and art. Comparative analyses and readings of the interactions among African Futurisms, Afro-futurisms, Indigenous futurisms, and other Black and multicultural futurisms allows for a discussion of blackness, otherness, and belonging from global perspectives as well as of readings of the future, present, and past from specifically located global epistemologies.



Raquel Baker