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Kara Keeling

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748329

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748329.001.0001

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“World Galaxy”

“World Galaxy”

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Queer Times, Black Futures

Kara Keeling

NYU Press

This chapter turns to a consideration of Glissant’s broader concept of “Relation.” Here, Alice Coltrane’s errant sonic experiments with Asian musical forms offer a way to think about a different constellation of Afrofuturism, one that turns not toward outer space, as in the case of Sun Ra’s Space Is the Place, but toward an exploration of inner worlds as harbingers of another organization of things within the present. From Alice Coltrane’s Afro-Asian imagination, I turn to Nnedi Okorafor’s and Wanuri Kahui’s recent speculations on Africa, in particular Okorafor’s 2010 novel,Who Fears Death, and Kahui’s short film,Pumzi, from 2009. These fictional texts offer errantry, myths, and stories as generative strategies through which the dystopian speculations of Africa on which corporate scenarios rely might be resisted and the worlds those dystopian imaginations work to suppress can be felt.

Keywords:   Afrofuturism, errantry, Édouard Glissant, Alice Coltrane, Afro-Asian, Kenya, science fiction, music, literature, fantasy fiction

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