Afrofuturism's Ancient Egyptian Inspirations Evident in both Aesthetic and Practice

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  Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  4 - 5:30 p.m.
  340 Stephens Hall & Online via Zoom (register for link)
  Ytasha Womack, Author & Filmmaker

Sun Ra, the AACM jazz collective, funk pioneers, and hip hop luminaries are among those who found new life in Egyptian lore. Afrofuturism is fascinated with Ancient Egyptian philosophies as embodied by their
shifting deities and texts. The interest is Sankofic, a reclaiming of African contributions to antiquities while mining the culture for ways of being in the present. In this sense, Ancient Egypt evokes the Afrofuturist sense of time as nonlinear; functioning as a past and future while creating notions of protopia and identity. Modern Diasporic Black identities are informed by Ancient Egypt's history and lore. These insights are blossoming in Afrofuturist critical work and story.

Ytasha L. Womack will discuss these historical cross references along
with her own work, including the upcoming graphic novel, Blak Kube.

For in-person attendance, please register here: tinyurl.com/womack16inperson

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314
510.642.8208
cmes@berkeley.edu

 

 
 

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