A Public Talk with Michelle Commander
“Pan-Africanism, Belonging, and Black Futures”
In this talk, Michelle Commander will discuss portions of her book Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic (Duke UP, 2017) as well as examples from contemporary cultural production to explore questions about the continuous return in African diasporic discourse to the topic of Pan-Africanism. What are the keys in establishing a truly liberated, united Black future? What are the downsides to applying such a broad speculative formulation to African descended peoples across the globe? Is a world like Wakanda in Marvel’s Black Panther (2018) possible or even desirable?