Arman Jones Abstract

Abstract:

The College of William and Mary has existed for more than 300 years and has been responsible for holding slaves on campus for more than nearly half of the college’s lifetime. In 2018, the college celebrated its 50th anniversary of African American students being accepted into the institution. Pioneers such as Lynn Briley, Janet Brown Strafer, and Karen Ely paved the way for equal opportunity and world-class education for all of us that have followed which has shown that we, as African Americans, can withstand the resiliency of a demanding college. Although we have come a long way from 1693, we still have so much farther to go on our journey.  The Lemon Project has made immaculate discoveries in its short tenure here on the campus. As this research continues, the vital information of the History of the Black experiences here at the College of William and Mary will soon be revealed.  The basis of my research will be premise around the reconstruction Era around the College and the Williamsburg area.

No Future, No Resurrection: Islam, Hauntology, and the Death of Futurism

Society has become increasingly incapable of envisioning new conceptions of the future following the “death of history” with the fall of the Soviet Union. What has followed has been a global dominance of liberal capitalism and a return to nostalgic ideations within futurist thought, as demonstrated by the popularity of films like “Ready Player One,” rather than new means by which to envision the future. This paper will investigate how this sentiment has impacted the tradition of Muslim futurist thought, their conceptualization of Islam’s place many years from now, and how an uptick in Islamophobia in discourse has shifted these ideas to parallel the development of the modern Afrofuturist movement.

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