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    The New School: Students of the African Diaspora Panels, Lectures, Workshops

    Panels, Lectures, Workshops


    Date
    May 1, 2016
    Venue
    The New School
    63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100
    New York, NY 10003 United States
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    The 2nd annual Afrofuturism Conference, put on by Students of the African Diaspora of The New School, explores Afrofuturism as a cultural and aesthetic movement for the radical emancipation of people of color. Last year's conference created a space in which people could be in conversation with one another in dissecting the concept of Afrofuturism and designing new narratives to empower the African Diaspora.

    This year, The New School is excited to host what will be an inspiring, 3-day event entitled AfroFuturism: #BlackisViral. Students plan to continue the conversation and bring to light the virality of blackness by hacking the cultural divide with a cadre of makers, thinkers, artists, scholars and innovators to explore the matrix of Afrofuturism as a narrative for liberation. This will be done through a series of art happenings, performances, lectures, panels, workshops, theater pieces, film festival, music, scholarly works, and community events, etc, all of which will examine the platforms and products of black creators as art, language, and tools of subversion.

    "To be black and viral is remarkable. To be infectious and influential in spaces never designed for black, queer, immigrant, low-income voices is a testament to the ingenuity of black folks. To turn the products of tech companies manned by mostly white and mostly wealthy men into communal safe spaces for learning, laughing and affirmation is an amplification of how we create analogous spaces IRL. On a good day, these spaces stretch so far and wide that it's easy to forget that not all of the internet is black. In the robust American tradition of appropriation, the black creators of viral culture are unpaid, uncredited and excluded from the leadership of tech companies. But black is not only viral, it is infinite and it is plotting."
    — Ruth Gebreyesus, writer

    Transcending Time

    “Transcending Time” is a voyage into a future where Black identity is unfettered by a predetermined architecture. It is a visualization exercise exploring the texture, pattern, sound and rhythm of Black possibility. Who do we become when healing from trauma is decentralized? We are creating a ceremony of self-authorization. We are giving ourselves permission to reimagine what was, what is and what can be.

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    Vibes (1)

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

    Our Stories (2)

    Conversations (1)

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    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Alfafa Brown

    vol. i — Trunode

    Resident DJ: ON MOMMAS

    vol. ii — In Practice of Being

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

    Our Stories(3)

    Conversations (1)

    Events (7)

    Vibes (3)

    Resident DJ: Poetic

    vol. i — Coming Home

    Resident DJ: Diva

    vol. ii — Congo Calypso

    All Themes

    Transcending Time
    Reclaiming Pleasure
    Returning Home