COVER REVEAL: Afro-Centered Futurisms in Our Speculative Fiction

 A huge congrats to all involved, especially Eugen Bacon for pulling it all off🙏🏼❤️💫👏🏼

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Table of Contents


The Structure of This Book

Chapter 1. On Afrocentric Futurisms–The Case for an Inclusive Expression

Suyi Okungbowa, Nigeria/Canada

Chapter 2. Cosmologies and Languages Building Africanfuturism

Stephen Embleton, South Africa/UK

Chapter 3. An Afrofuturistic Dystopia and the Afro-irreal

Eugen Bacon, Tanzania/Australia

Chapter 4. The power of African Spirituality in Africanfuturism

Nuzo Onoh, Nigeria/UK

Chapter 5. Black Futurisms vs. Systems of Domination

Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Kenya

Chapter 6. Faith and Fantasy–Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist Spirituality

Cheryl S. Ntumy, Ghana

Chapter 7. Queer Imaginings in Africanfuturism Inspired by African History

Xan van Rooyen, South Africa/Finland

Chapter 8. Afrofuturism and Exploring Cultural Identity as a Process of Becoming

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga, Rwanda/Australia

Chapter 9. Fabulist Imaginings in Tales of the Dark and Fantastic

Tobi Ogundiran, Nigeria/USA

Chapter 10. A Vision for Direct Democracy in Yat Madit

Dilman Dila, Uganda

Chapter 11. A Gaze at Post-Colonial Themes That Re-Envision Africa

Nerine Dorman, South Africa

Chapter 12. Denouement: Autoethnography–the Self-As-Research

Eugen Bacon, Tanzania/Australia

Nov 2023:

Great to part of this! Thanks, to Eugen Bacon, who initiated this over a year ago: Bloomsbury Academic will be publishing this essay anthology covering a HUGE range of topics and insights within Afro-Centred Futurisms, including my essay “Cosmologies and Languages Building Africanfuturism”.

Afro-Centered Futurisms in Our Speculative Fiction is an accessible work of criticism that will appeal to scholarly readers and broader enthusiasts of Afrocentric and speculative literature. 

British Fantasy Award winner Eugen Bacon (ed.)'s AFRO-CENTERED FUTURISMS IN OUR SPECULATIVE FICTION, an anthology of original artistic essays infused with creative excerpts from award-winning African writers on the futurisms in their speculative fiction; a new kind of African study in an evaluative gaze at African history, African spirituality, Afrosurrealism, 'becoming', black radical imagination, cultural identity, decolonizing queerness, myths, linguistic cosmologies, and more, featuring an introduction by Suyi Okungbowa, to Amy Martin at Bloomsbury Academic, by Jennie Goloboy at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

This vibrant and approachable book is part of the Black Literary and Cultural Expressions, and engages with difference—featuring  stimulating chapters by Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga, Cheryl S. Ntumy, Dilman Dila, Eugen Bacon, Nerine Dorman, Nuzo Onoh, Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Stephen Embleton, Tobi Ogundiran and Xan van Rooyen.

Out by Bloomsbury in May 2024. 

Read more here.

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