Call for Papers: Afrofuturism Rising: Black Art Across the Spectrum


NAAHBCU is accepting abstracts for individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions that explore Afrofuturism in traditional and contemporary visual art. Afrofuturism is defined as an aesthetic tradition used to examine, interrogate and re-imagine dominate cultural narratives of Black experiences across the Diaspora. Afrofuturism infuses elements of visual arts and other media, such as music and pop culture, Afrocentricism, science fiction, magical realism, historical fantasy and technological platforms. It is also an effective vehicle through which visual artists articulate new subjectivities, as well as multi-dimensional interpretations of the lived experiences of people of African descent. Of particular interest are papers and panels that examine topics including, but are not limited to, the following themes:


• The artistic work of prominent Afrofuturists, especially those that are associated with HBCU’s, such as Lois Malou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Bing Davis, Robert Puritt, Lee Ransaw, John Biggers, and Sanford Biggers.

• Black Women and Afrofuturism,

• Afrofuturism and Identity

• Afrofuturism and Activism


Persons interested in presenting papers, panels and/or roundtable discussions should submit an abstract not to exceed two pages that is related to Afrofuturism and visual art. Please be advised that presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutesto allow adequate time for audience participation.We will have the following audio visual equipment available: laptops and projectors.


Interested students/scholars should submit abstracts with presenter’s name, institution/organizational affiliation, phone number and email no later July 31, 2015. Notifications will be sent no later than August 14, 2015. Accepted papers should be submitted electronically no later than September 1, 2015.


**Please forward abstracts to Ricky Calloway, Vice President of NAAHBCU Public Relations, via email at or

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