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CHAIR: Imagining Future Africa: Sci Fi, Innovation and Technology

n recent years, Africa’s engagement with technology and innovation has exploded. From telephone banking to the development of cargo drone routes, Africa is coming up with ideas and tech solutions that could be applied to the rest of the world. But what is in store for the future? The rich and complex field of contemporary African science fiction may hold the key to some of the answers. Focusing on African sci fi, speculative and fantasy writing, this panel will explore literature’s relationship to innovation and technology. How are African writers imagining their own futures and how do their visions align with those of scientists and technology entrepreneurs? What do their stories tell us about the continent’s future? What narratives and themes are emerging? And how do these relate to ancestral cultures and traditional systems of thought and story-telling? Join us to discuss our bold manifesto for Future Africa!