Is afrofuturism an american thing?

Is it a thing outside the african-american diaspora?


These questions are borne from a frustration that intersects in unknown-to-me ways with my anti-racist and international ideals.

I want to listen to wise people, when they talk about how to improve human society.

But I don't want to take instructions from USA-ans steeped in USA-an culture and biases.

I want to be able to have my own danish culture, and improve it to exist in cooperation and alongside all the other cultures on this earth.

American Imperialism is not welcome here. And unfortunately, imperialism is intertwined with and has tainted most of USA-an culture, and I struggle to distinguish it as an outsider.

In conclusion, there's a tangle of difficult and hard intersections here.
I want to support some concepts, but struggle against other concepts, and they're all intertwined. Fuck

@zatnosk I’ve seen some recent afrofuturist short films from Nigeria and Kenya, for what it’s worth. I think the origin and centre is still African-American though.

@zatnosk (But also see this overview of African SFF from a few years ago. I hesitate to recommend it because it’s complied by a white guy, but it’s pretty interesting all the same: )

@ghost_bird thanks. It's good to know it's not solely american.

And thanks for the list - I'm afraid I don't have much time to sift through it for more than a glance at stuff. :/

@zatnosk I think the tricky thing is that there’s no one easy definition of afrofuturism, so anything vaguely futuristic and related to Africa gets the label. But Kenyan and Nigerian SF are their own thing too.

@ghost_bird @zatnosk if non-US-ian afrofuturism doesn't exist in a meaningful or visible way to you, then my first instinct would be to encourage you to make that. In whatever way you can.

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