Great looking course which will touch on genealogies of black feminism, as well as science fiction, fantasy, and Afrofuturism!
AfroAm 690E: Blackness and Utopia
Spring 2013, Afro-American Studies, UMass
New Africa House 302
Instructor: Britt Rusert
This course explores the vibrant history of utopian thought in Black Studies and African American literature and culture. It considers how the black radical tradition poses particular challenges to Western utopian thought as well as how the question of utopia might contribute to, or help to re-configure, the future(s) of Black Studies. Topics of discussion will include Afrofuturism, black science and speculative fiction, utopia and the black radical tradition, and blackness and metaphysics.
We will read fiction by Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, Terry Bisson, W.E.B. Du Bois and Pauline Hopkins, as well as readings on utopia and utopianism in the black feminist and black radical tradition. We will also discuss the art and work of Adrian Piper, Kara Walker, Josephine Baker, Sun Ra, P-Funk, Grace Jones, and others.
If you are interested in registering for the course, please contact Britt Rusert at email@example.com