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Unit 4: Aesthetics of the Future

Week 17

Tuesday, January 17

Thursday, January 19 (am)

  • Nnedi Okorafor, Binti
  • Sections: African Futurism

Thursday, January 19 (pm)

  • Nnedi Okorafor, Binti
  • Section and Plenary: African Futurism

Week 18

Tuesday, January 24

  •  Saidiya Hartman, “Venus in Two Acts” (2008)
  • Section: Critical Fabulation

Thursday, January 26 (am)

Thursday, January 26 (pm)

  • Can critical fabulation be restorative?
  • Plenary: Can critical fabulation be restorative?

Week 19

Tuesday, January 31

  • Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Excerpts from Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity (2013)
  • Section: Stereomodernism & self-fashioning

Thursday, February 2 (am)

Thursday, February 2 (pm)

Week 20

Tuesday, February 7

  • Jacques Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann (Act II)
  • Selections from Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, L’eve futur (1886)
  • Plenary: Can the cyborg speak?

Thursday, February 9 (am)

  • Selamawit D. Terrefe, “Phantasmagoria; or, The World is a Haunted Plantation” (2012)
  • Section: The Voice of the Future–Holograms, Automata, Cyborgs

Thursday, February 9 (pm)

  • Suzanne Cusick, “You are in a place that is out of the world…”: Music in the Detention Camps of the “Global War on Terror,” Journal of the American Musicological Association 2, no. 1 (2008)
  • Section and Plenary: Dubious Sonic Futures–Technology, Torture, and Vocoloids