Afrofuturism (Social Text) by Alondra Nelson

By Alondra Nelson

Hard mainstream technocultural assumptions of a raceless destiny, Afrofuturism explores culturally unique ways to know-how. This targeted factor addresses the intersection among African diasporic tradition and expertise via literature, poetry, technological know-how fiction and speculative fiction, track, visible artwork, and the web and continues that racial identification essentially affects technocultural practices. the gathering encompasses a mirrored image at the ideologies of race created through cultural critics of their analyses of swap wrought through the data age; an interview with Nalo Hopkinson, the award-winning novelist and writer of speculative fiction novels middle of the night Robber and Brown woman within the Ring, who fuses futuristic pondering with Caribbean traditions; an essay on how modern R&B song offers African American reflections at the applied sciences of way of life; and a piece of writing reading early interventions by way of the black group to carve out a different area of interest in cyberspace.Contributors. Ron Eglash, Anna Everett, Tana Hargest, Nalo Hopkinson, Tracie Morris, Alondra Nelson, Kal? Tal, Fatimah Tuggar, Alexander G. WeheliyeAlondra Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate within the American experiences application at ny collage and the Ann Plato Fellow at Trinity collage.

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This is a reference to Deleuze and Guattari’s anti-Freudian conception of desire that is not framed by a primary lack in the subject but functions as a productive force that brings the subject into being and fuels the social machine (AntiOedipus, 1– 50). 57. Here I am not suggesting that desire can ever be formulated without being mediated by a host of material and discursive forces but that this particular machination of desire incorporates its own performativity. 58. K-Ci and Jo Jo, “Crazy” (MCA, 2001).

59. Zapp, “Radio People,” The New Zapp IV U. 60. I am borrowing the phrase “other humanities” from the title of Lisa Lowe’s talk delivered at the Humanities Institute, State University of New York, Stony Brook, March 2000. Posthuman Voices in Black Popular Music 47 Race, Sex, and Nerds FROM BLACK GEEKS TO ASIAN AMERICAN HIPSTERS The development of technological expertise requires not only financial resources but also cultural capital. 1 This essay examines the figure of the nerd in relation to race and gender identity and explores the ways in which attempts to circumvent its normative gatekeeping function can both succeed and fail.

42 Alexander G. Weheliye 22. Eshun himself recognizes that the opposition between Afrofuturism and black humanism is far from absolute, but he insists on constantly invoking the split as a heuristic device throughout the text: “At Century’s End, the Futurhythmachine has two opposing tendencies, two synthetic drives: the Soulful and the Postsoul. But then all music is made of both tendencies running simultaneously at all levels, so you can’t merely oppose a humanist R&B with a posthuman Techno” (More Brilliant Than the Sun, 6).

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