One Day You'll See: A History of Afrofuturism

curated by Suave Rhoomes, Stacey Robinson, and Brian Chidester

Schedule to be announced

Afrofuturism, unlike its early 20th century namesake, Italian Futurism, was not a manifesto-driven movement, but an accidental one. All but excluded from mainstream science fiction and superhero comic books, African-Americans took to publishing their own stories, which spoke to their identity and issues at a subcultural level, sometime during the 1970s via radical broadsides, zines, concept LPs by funk and free-jazz artists, and eventually novels and underground comics. One Day You'll See chronicles the birth of this sub-genre through its breakthrough materials in books, comics, movie posters, and album covers.


Symbology and Identity in Afrofuturist Books, Comics, Music, and Films

presentation by Stacey Robinson and
Professor William Foster III

Sheree Renee Thomas' presentation focuses on the symbols and subtle visual indicators of black identity embedded in the earliest Afrofuturist stories and superheroes and how they have evolved through the various socio-political contexts of the last forty years.