Upcoming Events

  • poster of afrofuturism event

Date: May 10, 6PM 

Location: MCC Theater 

Afrofuturism generally referes to fictive, futuristic, artistic expressions of blackness--tomorrow's black aesthetics today. Our view of Afrofuturism is ever-expanding, revealing a universe that reaches beyond fiction and includes the orbics of many planets including history, politics, and philosophy. Join four scholars as they take us "black to the future" on a journey to the constellations of music, visual art, theater, literature, and many other stars along the way.

Panelists will include:

Idris Goodwin, Playwright and Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance from Colorado College

George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at UCSB

Stephanie Batiste, Associate Professor of English and Black Studies at UCSB

Alex Blue V, Doctoral student of Ethnomusicology at UCSB

The panel will be followed by a reception where existential turntablist DJ Frane will improvise an audiospiritual expedition throuhg the speace-funk diaspora.

Free and open to the public. For more information or assistance in accommodating people of varying abilities contact the MultiCultural Center at 805.893.8411 



  1. May 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.