Black Arts + Data Futures

Theorist Fred Moten introduced the notion of "fugitivity" (Harney and Moten, 2013, The Undercommons) to describe the tactics of cultural and material resiliency by black subjects, seemingly foreclosed from the mainstream of neoliberalism. Black fugitivity is an ethos of adaptation to an otherwise racialized political economy of exile, diaspora, incarceration and assimilation. In this workshop, we attempt to map the historic and future praxis of technological adaptation in the Black diaspora, including the spiritual, material and cultural tactics of resilience and self-determination informed by such modes as Afro-Futurism and Afro-Optimism. 

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