Speaker: Carol Duncan
Drawing on examples from popular culture including movies, television, comics and music videos, this presentation will explore the emergence of Afrofuturism as a literary and film genre, aesthetic movement and academic methodology. The main ideas to be explored include the emergence of Afrofuturist works by S/F (science fiction and speculative fact and fiction) writers such as Octavia E. Butler and Nalo Hopkinson which draw on a reimagining of the history of the modern African Diaspora and its religious traditions as well as speculations about contemporary technological culture and imagined future outcomes for humanity. The presentation is interdisciplinary incorporating perspectives from sociology, religious studies and cultural studies and Professor Duncan’s continued fascination with the study of genetics, the emergence of digital technologies and their impact on the development of human cultures.
Carol B. Duncan is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program. Professor Duncan is a recipient of a 3M National Teaching Fellowship among other awards recognizing her innovation and commitment to teaching. Professor Duncan is the author of This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto, co-author of Black Church Studies: An Introduction and contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. She is co-editor of Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Productions. Her latest publication is the co-edited book The Black Church Studies Reader with Alton B. Pollard III. She is currently working on several research projects including Religion, Public Memory and the Underground Railroad in Ontario and Afrofuturism, Religion and Technocultures.