At one point in this course, my students and I discussed one of the most enduring and popular tropes of science fiction: time travel.
At the time when I was teaching this course, the most well-known example of Afrofuturism that had recently burst onto the scene was Marvel’s film Black Panther.
Pakistan’s first sci-fi film ‘Shanee’ released in 1989Even when it does engage with a violent and painful past, Afrofuturism finds ways of exploring Black history in inventive ways.
Of course, any work of science fiction worth its salt is interested in grappling with the role of science and technology — both in the past and in the future.
Works of Afrofuturism, therefore, often grapple with the impact of science and technology on Black lives.