Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 6:55pm
James Memorial Chapel, New York, NY     map

Following the idea of a black radical tradition, African and African diasporic futurism refers to practices of technological agency to reimagine the past and enact alternative possible futures in the material world. This convening considers the sonic and spiritual dimensions of futurism throughout modern black culture, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by sound technologies that enable the creation of an alternative tomorrow, real or mythic. Presenters will consider the intersection of sound technology, spirituality, and Africana studies in a wide-ranging discussion tracing relations between colonial legacies, technologies of liberation, and social movements in the modern world.

Panelists include:

  • Alexexander Weheliye, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
  • Michael Veal, Departments of Music, African American Studies, and American Studies, Yale University
  • Beth Coleman, City as Platform Lab and Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
  • George E. Lewis , Department of Music, Columbia University, event moderator

The discussion will include a sonic performance by Haitian composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val-Inc.

This event is free and open to the public.


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