Ferguson is the Future Symposium Brings Scholars, Activists and Artists to Princeton

The Ferguson is the Future symposium brought together scholars, activists and artists and asked: what stories about power, difference, and belonging fuel the social crises we face today? How does visionary fiction offer us models for creating new possible worlds? Can the combined insights and interventions of artists, activists, and scholars plot a different course forward? The symposium, part of an ongoing collaboration called Black to the Future, served as a space to imagine and create alternative worlds that are more just and representative of humanity.

The work of the conference is part of an ongoing effort lead by Professor Ruha Benjamin called Black to the Future: An Imagination Incubator. Students in Benjamin’s course, “Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society” will help maintain a blog on the site, and symposium participants and other collaborators will also add resources to a portal on the site to keep the spirit and conversations from the symposium alive.

The videos from the symposium have been viewed by thousands. Find all videos below.

Opening Plenary: Sociological Imagination 2.0

Featuring Alondra Nelson and Dorothy Roberts
Facilitated by Sofia Samatar

Panel I: Parables of the Present Dystopia

Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Andrea Hairston, Rasheedah Phillips, and Nisi Shawl Facilitated by Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson

Panel II: Filming the Future

Invisible Universe (M. Asli Dukan) Octavia: Elegy for a Vampire Talk (Dennis Leroy Kangalee and Numa Perrier) Black Radical Imagination (Erin Christovale and Amir George) Vow of Silence (Be Steadwell) Facilitated by Lisa Bolekaja

Panel III: Inner & Outer Spaces: Community Organizing and Social Justice

Octavia’s Brood (adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha) Ferguson Activists (Johnetta Elzie, Brittney Packnett, and DeRay McKesson) Scholar-Artists (Nettrice Gaskins, John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson) Facilitated by Daniel Jose Older

Latest in the AAS 21 Repertoire

▶︎ Rethinking Empire and Democracy
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Reena N. Goldthree
▶︎ The Formation of ‘Religio-Racial’ Identity
Judith Weisenfeld, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
How Black Americans See Discrimination
National Public Radio
Stuart Hall: In Conversations
Imani Perry, Ben Carrington

Upcoming Events

Hold: A Meditation on Black Aesthetics
Nov 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - Feb 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Wings of a Dove: Form, History, and the Gift of Black Art
Feb 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Princeton Research Day
May 10, 2018
p: (609) 258-4270 | f: (609) 258-3484

African American Studies for the 21st Century

© 2017 The Trustees of Princeton University
  1. 'Rethinking Empire and Democracy' Reena N. Goldthree, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 44:49
  2. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  3. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  4. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  5. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  6. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  7. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  8. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  9. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08