Engaging the Black Ethos:
Afrofuturism as a Cultural Design Lens for Inclusive Technological Innovations
Woodrow W. Winchester, III
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Thursday, July 1, 2021
In his essay “Technology & Ethos," Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) states that “Black creation – creation powered by the Black ethos – brings very special results." This talk will explore Baraka’s assertion, proposing Afrofuturism as an emancipatory design lens to make "forms that will express us truthfully and totally.” Engagement with Afrofuturism supports a more inclusive design of future technologies, more relevant and responsive to Black mind, body, and spirit.
An advocate for more equitable, inclusive, and consequential approaches to technology design and deployment, Woodrow W. Winchester, III is Director of Professional Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.