ANNOUNCED: Bloomsbury Academic Acquires Essay Anthology


UPDATE: Cover Reveal April 2024

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 2024/25. 

Read more here.

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

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