10/22-23: Afrofuturism and Africana Intellectual Traditions 


Philosophy and Religion in Africana Traditions 2021

8th Annual Conference 

Afrofuturism and Critical Black Futures

Friday October 22nd, 2021 Virtual Conference 11am – 6pm EST

Virtual conference. Register here.

11am – 11:30am

Greetings and opening statement: – J. Everet Green, Mercy College

Greetings: Dr.  Mary Taylor – CUNY The Graduate Center

11:30am – 12:30pm

Speaker: Damion Scott, CCNY, CUNY and Stony Brook University

Topic: “Some Distinctions between Afrofuturism and Black Futurism”

Chair: Dr, Brittany O’Neal -Lehman College

12:30pm -1:15pm

Speaker: Joy Sanchez-Taylor, LaGuardia Community College

Topic:”Orishas in Fantasy Literature and Popular Culture.”

Chair:  Brittany O’Neal, CUNY–Lehman College


Speaker: Erik Steinskog, University of Copenhagen

Topic: “Afrofuturism and the Sound of the Future”

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Speaker: Philip Butler, Iliff School of Theology

Topic: “Blackness and/in the Age of Hyper-Exponentiation”

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Speaker:  Raissa Simpson, Stanford University, San Jose State University

Topic: “The Mechanization of Dance”

4:30pm -5:30pm

Speaker:  Lily Luo, University of Connecticut

Topic: “To Whom Does the Future Belong? Techno-Orientalism Tian Xia, and Afrofuturism”

5:30pm- 6pm


Closing Statements from J. Everet Green


Saturday October 23rd, 2021 11am – 6pm EST

11:00am – 11:30am

Greetings and opening statement: – J. Everet Green, Mercy College

11:30am – 12:30pm

Speaker: Bailey Thomas, University of Louisville

Topic: “Epistemic Ignorance and Race”

12:30pm -1:30pm

Speaker: Reynaldo Anderson, Temple University

Topic: “Afrofuturism 2.0 and the Black Speculative Arts Movements”

1:30pm -3:00pm

Speakers: Speakers: Mark Dery (Independent Scholar), Reynaldo Anderson (Temple), Damion Scott (CCNY) and tobias van veen (Quest University)

Topic: “Competing Definitions of Afrofuturism”

Chair: Brittany O’Neal

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Student Panel
Jennifer Chapin- CUNY Graduate Center
Paul Ambrose -Lehman College
Mellock Mozeb- Lehman College
Morgan Van Putten- Lehman College
Christopher Wu – Hunter
Topic: General CBF and AF

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Speaker: Brittany O’Neal -Lehman College

Topic: “Axiology and the Black Intellectual Tradition: An examination of Joyce Mitchell Cook and Charles W. Mills”


Q&A and a special remembrance of the life of Professor Charles Mills
Closing Statements from J. Everet Green​

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center and HUMANITAS: The Africana Ethical and Cultural Society. It is free and open to the public.