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Afrofuturism in Black Theology – The Mothership is Landing at Vanderbilt!

Posted by on Monday, September 29, 2014 in News.

Title: Afrofuturism in Black Theology – The Mothership is Landing at Vanderbilt!
Location: Reading Room Vanderbilt Divinity School
Description: Schedule of Events

8am – 8:45am – Breakfast

9am -10:45am – Panel Discussion: Afrofuturism In Black Theology – Race, Gender, Sexuality and the State of Black Religion in the Black Metropolis

Moderator: Prof. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting – Vanderbilt University
Prof. Victor Anderson – Vanderbilt University
Ytasha Womack – Author, writer, artist
Prof. Tamura Lomax – Virginia Commonwealth University
Prof. Herbert Marbury – Vanderbilt University
Prof. Nettrice Gaskins – Boston Arts Academy
Bishop Joseph Walker – Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Nashville, TN)

11am – 12pm – Featured speaker – George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic)

12pm – 12:30pm – Booksigning – George Clinton’s memoir, “Brothers Be, Like Yo George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?” (Bookseller Barnes & Noble will be available with copies for sale $27 +tax)



12:30 – 1pm – Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm Presentation of Papers

Tamura A. Lomax, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s StudiesVirginia Commonwealth University
Presentation Title: Ignoring Jada While Fetishizing Sarah: The Black Church, Black Popular Culture and the Black Female Nude

Roger Sneed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion at Furman University
Presentation Title: A Prolegomena To An Afrofuturistic Black Theology

Damien Durr and Eric Brown, Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Team
Presentation Title: Born Sinner, Fashioned Divine: Creative Exchange and the Criminalization of Young Black Males

3pm – 4:30pm Presentation of Papers

Christophe D. Ringer, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Christian Brothers University
Presentation Title: District 9 and the Gates of Difference

Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D., Boston Arts Academy
Presentation Title: The African Cosmogram Matrix in Contemporary Art and Culture

Michael Brandon McCormack, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville
Presentation Title: Your God Is A Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, and A Misogynist…Our God Is Change: Ishmael Reed, Octavia Butler and the Afrofuturistic Critique of (Black) American Religion
Start Time: 06:30
Date: 2014-10-18
End Time: 16:30