Tennessee, Tennessee

Next weekend I’ll be at the Futures of Afrofuturism Symposium at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville! This is going to be off the chain, off the surface of the planet, off the gravitational pull of the Earth/Moon system…

The event is bringing together some really essential voices. First of all, Michelle Commander and Amy Elias, am I right? I’m looking forward to meeting Amy and Jonathan Eburne in part because I have something coming out in a special issue of ASAP/Journal. I had the good fortune of meeting Michelle at MLA in Philly (everybody was here) but I’ve never met Alessandra Raengo, either. So this is basically everything.

Let me say a word about Nnedi Okorafor–wait, no, a picture says a thousand words. From the UTK Humanities Center website:

Nnedi Okorafor is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo. An acclaimed novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults, she is the author of several award-winning books, including Akaka Witch (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), Chicken in the Kitchen (winner of Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers), and the space opera novella Binti (winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novella). Binti: Home was published in January 2017, and Okorafor’s young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Akata Warrior will be released this fall.

I will be talking about where Queer Studies meets Afrofuturism, a relationship I’ve been revisiting lately, ever since I managed to think about anything other than Speculative Blackness. Some things within the book lead into this discussion, so stay tuned!