Special Guests

We’re honoured to host a range of artists, activists, musicians, hackers, writers, poets and academics at our seminal conference exploring the intersection of blackness and futurism. Find out about our guests who’ll be there at our 2015 event, held on 10th October at MadLab.

If you would like to join as a speaker, volunteer, workshop leader or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, do get in touch.

Rasheedah Philips reading from her work

Rasheedah Philips

Attorney and Science Fiction writer, Rasheedah Philips will be one of our guest speakers at AfroFutures UK. Author of Recurrence Plot and founder of the AfroFuturist Affair, Rasheedah will be leading a workshop as well as partaking in our special panel discussion.

Alice Okoye

Alice is a 22 year old student currently undertaking a masters degree in American Studies at King’s College, London, having completed her undergraduate degree in English and American Studies at Winchester University. Alice is currently in the process of writing her dissertation on the rise and treatment of Black women from slavery to the present … Continue reading Alice Okoye

Mary Okon Ononokpono

Mary Okon Ononokpono is an award winning writer, artist and illustrator. Born in Calabar, Nigeria, Mary now lives and works in London, UK. Following a return trip to Nigeria in 2012, Mary began to seriously focus on writing literature. Mary’s work explores the rich cultural landscapes of pre-colonial Africa, with specific focus on how the past intersects with and … Continue reading Mary Okon Ononokpono

Carlyn Worthy

As a writer, editor, and advocate, Carlyn J. Worthy uses both her fiction and non-fiction work to explore race, gender, community, inequality, womanism, and mysticism in historical and futuristic spaces. Carlyn is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied visual arts, Journalism and Sociology. Along with cooking, her passion for photography developed in the city … Continue reading Carlyn Worthy

Christina Fonthes

Christina is a poet/writer and LGBT activist from DR. Congo by way of the UK

Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza is a self-described Black queer femme boi: living, studying, surviving and creating in London. LGBT president for King’s College London university, outside of studying Travis also aims to bring voice to their Blackness and queerness in their spoken performance art and writings. Recently being published in the anthology Black and gay in the … Continue reading Travis Alabanza

Natalie Luwisha

Natalie Luwisha is a structural Engineer and graduated from the University of Salford. She is a member of Manchester Girl Geeks and part of the founding team behind the Yakhani collective  for which she is the Events Co-ordinator. She is also a blogger, writing on topics related to engineering, diversity and cool tech stuff at her blog, … Continue reading Natalie Luwisha

Dr Reynaldo Anderson

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as a member of the Executive Board for the Missouri Arts Council and as an Associate Professor of Communications at Harris-Stowe State University. Reynaldo was recognized by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2010 for his leadership in the community.  Finally, Reynaldo publishes research in regard to several dimensions of the African … Continue reading Dr Reynaldo Anderson

Souleymane Ba

After I graduated from High School in my hometown Nioro du Rip, Senegal, I was granted a National Scholarship to study English in Oujda, Morocco (2003–2006). Then, I earned my B.A. in English and was granted a second scholarship to continue my studies in Montpellier, France, where I earned my M.A. in English.            From September … Continue reading Souleymane Ba

Damion Kareem Scott

Damion Scott is a Lecturer in both the Department of Africana Studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and in the Department of Philosophy at the City College of New York, CUNY. He is also a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony … Continue reading Damion Kareem Scott

Dr Jennifer Terry

After completing a PhD and teaching at the University of Warwick, Dr. Jennifer Terry joined Durham in 2004. Her work is situated at the intersections of such fields as American hemispheric, US and postcolonial studies, with a particular focus on black diaspora literature and culture. (Read more…)

Portrait picture of Erik Steinskog

Erik Steinskog

Erik Steinskog is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen department of Arts and Cultural Studies. Recently, his research has focused on the musical genre of afrofuturism, from Sun Ra to the present day. He also looks at parallels between music and other forms of expression, as well as how afrofuturistic aesthetics can engage with other perspectives … Continue reading Erik Steinskog

Pablo Eyes

Pablo Eyes is a bassist, beat maker, composer and sound designer. Drawing from the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic approaches used in black music and a wide palette of found sounds, acoustic and synthetic instruments and dissonance, he creates vivid, adventurous pieces and heavyweight grooves. With a passion for exploring playful and mischievous music with a … Continue reading Pablo Eyes

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