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Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies

Culture, Technology, and Things to Come

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  • A timely and ambitious text founded on contemporary interests in scholarly and media/artistic production
  • Uniquely focuses upon the the sonic in Afrofuturism
  • Contributes a necessary engagement with race within sound studies

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Sound (PASTS)

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About this book

This book interrogates the meeting point between Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies. Whereas Afrofuturism is often understood primarily in relation to science fiction and speculative fiction, it can also be examined from a sonic perspective. 

The sounds of Afrofuturism are deeply embedded in the speculative – demonstrated in mythmaking – in frameworks for songs and compositions, in the personas of the artists, and in how the sounds are produced. In highlighting the place of music within the lived experiences of African Americans, the author analyses how the perspectives of Black Sound Studies complement and overlap with the discussion of sonic Afrofuturism. Focusing upon blackness, technology, and sound, this unique text offers key insights in how music partakes in imagining and constructing the future. 

This innovative volume will appeal to students and scholars of sound studies, musicology and African American studies.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Erik Steinskog

About the author

Erik Steinskog is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Erik's work primarily deals with twentieth and twenty-first century music, with an approach inspired by interdisciplinary cultural studies. He also works with parallels between music and other means of expression, as well as how an understanding based in afrofuturism can go into dialogue with other perspectives and other musical expressions, so far less understood in relation to afrofuturism.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies

  • Book Subtitle: Culture, Technology, and Things to Come

  • Authors: Erik Steinskog

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Sound

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-66040-0Published: 17 November 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-88161-4Published: 24 May 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-66041-7Published: 06 November 2017

  • Series ISSN: 2633-5875

  • Series E-ISSN: 2633-5883

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 241

  • Topics: Science and Technology Studies, Music, African American Culture, Literature and Technology/Media

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