Caitlin's Paper: Black Cyborgs: Afrofuturist Feminism and Donna Haraway's Cyborg Mythology
Donna Haraway claims she would rather be a cyborg than a goddess in her outlining of what she calls a cyborg political ontology. In her foundational essay, A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s, Haraway's cyborg is at once a futurist thought experiment, a description of the way beings actually operate in the world, and an opportunity to break free from socially constructed dualisms. This paper considers the cyborg concept through the vibrant lens of Afrofuturism, examining the ways a cyborg mythology can work in both liberatory and damaging ways for black people.
Kidiocus' Paper: Digital Blackness is Afrofuturistic
Digital blackness is the way in which black people interact with technology and inhabit the digital world. The development of mediated communication and social media platforms such as Twitter, Vine, and Facebook have facilitated the creation of online communities in which black people are able to engage in activism and identity performance. Digital blackness interrogates white supremacy and dares to imagine a future in which black people have freed themselves from the bonds of oppression. Digital blackness argues for a performance of blackness free from western cosmologies; it centers black identity and liberation.