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Towards an intersectional feminist space programme: black female subjectivities in science fiction.

Why are there so few depictions of Black women in the imaginary future?


Dyer - Into the Future
Sonya Dyer, PhD student

Into the Future: At the crossroads of Science Fiction, Collaboration and Feminist art practice

Towards an Intersectional Feminist Space Programme

My research considers Black women  (in this instance, women of African descent in particular) as progenitors of a future Space programme. It does so through the creation of a genealogy of the Black female body in Western visual culture that pays particular attention to questions of temporality, as a methodology for exploring the position of Black women within popular visual narratives and conceptions of the future.

The aim of this research is to problematize existing tropes of Black female subjectivity in visual representations of the future, particularly via the genre of Science Fiction and to ultimately create an alternative conceptual framework for – and visualization of - Black female subjectivities.

The practice element of the PhD is undertaken by the …And Beyond Institute for Future Research (ABIFR), a peripatetic think tank concerned with the creation of possible futures. How can the think tank as an organisational model be utilised as a strategy to reframe, reconstitute and re-imagine a historically abjected ontology? What are the aesthetic implications of the utilisation of the think tank as a form within the realm of visual art practice? If the future is a contested site, what ideological work is undertaken when claiming a place within it?