Four-Monthly Magazine ISSN 2039-5426

Anno IX, n°31, settembre - dicembre 2019
spazi, corpi, immaginari, estetiche, pensiero dell’afrotopia

a cura di Cristina Lombardi-Diop e Giulia Grechi

L’afrofuturismo è una macchina del tempo in fuga dal presente che dal passato apre visioni di futuri possibili, di mondi a venire. Nel panorama culturale nero contemporaneo, l’afrofuturismo si pone come uno dei campi di esplorazione estetica e politica più promettenti del nuovo millennio. A dar voce a questa nuova centralità dell’Africa sono oggi gli artisti e i filosofi del continente africano e delle sue diaspore.
Il numero tematico di Roots&Routes propone l’afrofuturismo come sensibilità estetica e strumento politico che riconnette la sensibilità diasporica nera americana alle sue radici afrocentriche e alle sue ramificazioni nel Mediterraneo nero e in Europa [leggi ancora]

Afrofuturism is a time machine fleeing from the present to the past, opening up visions of possible futures, of worlds to come. In the contemporary black cultural landscape, Afrofuturism stands as one of the most promising fields of aesthetic and political exploration of the new millennium. Today, the artists and philosophers of the African continent and its diasporas give voice to a new centrality of Africa.
This thematic issue of Roots & Routes proposes Afrofuturism as an aesthetic sensibility and political tool that reconnects the American black diasporic sensitivity to its Afrocentric roots and its ramifications in the Black Mediterranean and Europe [read more]


Afrofuturismo: spazi, corpi, immaginari, estetiche, pensiero dell’afrotopia

di Cristina Lombardi-Diop

L’afrofuturismo è un’ astro/nave che dal presente viaggia nel passato alla ricerca di possibili mondi a venire. Pratica artistica delle utopie future, l’afrofuturismo usa la fantascienza come mezzo politico “per riprogrammare il presente.”
Al centro dell’afrofuturismo c’è un sapere afrocentrico, radicale, anticoloniale che è anche alla base dei movimenti rivoluzionari panafricanisti e dell’intellettualità afro-atlantica  […]


Afro-feminist journeys and the violence of the present

by Lidia Curti

The term Afrofuturism indicates a conceptual area at the intersection of afro-diasporic cultures with technology and sci-fi; it places African aesthetics at the centre of human civilization and moves between magics and technology. […]


Latinfuturism. Un dispositivo decolonial fuera de tiempo

Edgar Hernandez

El presente texto aborda la posibilidad de como en distintas regiones de Latinoamérica y su respectiva diáspora, se ha venido gestando un fenómeno estético desde hace casi 300 años y como éste ha hecho eclosión de manera casi simultánea en distintas disciplinas artísticas.[…]


Afrofuturist Degas

by Rosella Simonari

«What if Edgar Degas’s ballerinas were black?»
Potentially, this is an Afrofuturist question. Afrofuturism is a field of enquiry that looks at the interrelation between imagination, technology and Africana-related themes. […]


From slaveships to spaceships. Afrofurism and sonic imaginaries

by Lorenzo Montefinese

«What does it mean to be human?» asked Mark Sinker back in 1992, envisioning a thread that connected the dots between science fiction and slavery. Both are encounters with the threshold of humanness. Hence the parallel between the slave and the alien, the two most recurrent categories of non-humans.[…]


A brilliant blackness emerging from the deep Sea: an ancient story of slavery told to repair the future.

by Claudia Attimonelli & Abu Qadim Haqq

The Book of Drexciya tells ancient stories coming to the surface.
The twelve images are part of the project The Drexciyan Empire: five chapters of the first volume concerning the birth of Drexciyans from the ancient times to the present. Drexciya can be considered one of the most powerful imagery of Afrofuturism. […]


Black Futurity and the Sublime

by Camille DeBose

Black futurity is often recognized by its ability to employ artifacts of the past in the creation of future thought. In the song Kalimba Story, Earth Wind and Fire praise the Kalimba, an ancient African instrument, for its ability to create “future music,” noting its particular vibrational qualities […]


Afrofuturism: Liberation and inclusion beyond literature with N. K. Jemisin

by Clara Bigoni

Afrofuturism is a complex and multifaceted cultural current that took its first steps when the seemingly undefeatable whiteness of science fiction stopped playing a universally accepted role and started being consistently and systematically challenged .  […]


Ancient Future Yoga Self care as Liberation

by Frank Mitchell

Can yoga and self care be practical tools for the liberation of a people? Is the concept of Black people doing yoga a radical idea? Is it revolutionary in any way? Today there are many more spaces for people of color to practice self care and healing and more are beginning to see the benefits of developing a ritual of healing practice. […]