The Routledge Handbook to Alternative Futurisms

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, Taryne Jade Taylor, & Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
contact email: 

Deadline Extended due to Covid-19*


CFP: The Routledge Handbook to Alternative Futurisms


Alternative Futurisms can be thought of as one response to the self-conscious, perplexed state of mind that confronts many discussions of race, gender, nations, and social justice today, especially those that grow from traditional “first contact” scenarios between Indigenous peoples and invading Empires. Naturally, realizing a difference in attitude between a now and a then leads one to question pasts, to expose presents, and to imagine futures. This handbook explores visions of our possible futures arising from non-Western cultures and ethnic histories that disrupt the “imperial gaze.” Alternative Futurisms takes back the narrative, discards the imperial gaze, and replaces it with a vision of the authentic experiences of people who historically have survived domination and conquest as told and retold from those lived experiences. In this respect, the collection will survey the origins and proliferation of Alternative Futurisms texts, to include print, online, film, games, television, comics, graphic novels, poems, plays: in short, any of the myriad genres that artists working within the Alternative Futurisms aesthetic experiment with. Alternative Futurisms is global in reach, and thus represents a solid opportunity to survey the similarities and variations in how artists enact the movement. The editors, Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, Taryne Jade Taylor, and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay seek contributors who would like to imagine what the future holds from the viewpoint of the colonized (ethnic, alternative, Indigenous). Dillon et. al. are keenly interested in essays that examine:


  • Afrofuturism
  • Africana Futurisms (including Afropunk)
  • Indigenous Futurisms (including Indigipunk)
  • Latinx Futurisms
  • Asian Futurisms (including silk-punk)
  • Gulf, Arab, or Middle Eastern Futurisms
  • Queer Futurisms
  • Ethnic futurisms/ Ethnofuturisms, including engagements with critical whiteness studies
  • Race and digital culture
  • The role of technology in cultural formations
  • Notions of Utopia, Dystopia, and the "post-historical" in racialized/ethnic science fictions
  • Non-Occidental cosmologies and their place/use in speculative texts
  • Native slipstream
  • First Contact
  • Animal studies
  • Indigenous Sciences and Sustainability
  • Native Apocalypse
  • Biskaabiiyang, an Anishinaabemowin word for “returning to ourselves.”
  • Decolonial futurisms
  • Chicanofuturisms
  • Hip-hop futurisms
  • Latinx and Latin American speculative fiction
  • Rasquache mashups
  • Notions of mestizaje, mestiza consciousness and the use of/understanding of in speculative texts
  • China Futurisms / Sino-futurisms
  • Japanese Futurisms
  • Alternative Futurisms manifestos


The editors invite submissions that respond to the multiple foci of the handbook and also welcome general inquiries about a particular topic’s suitability. Please submit 250 word abstracts, a working bibliography, and a brief CV electronically as MS Word attachments to Grace Dillon at, to Isiah Lavender III at, to Taryne Taylor at and to Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay at byMay 1, 2020.* Accepted articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, including “Works Cited,” and prepared in MLA style, and forwarded as MS Word attachments. Accepted chapters will be due November 1, 2020. We are hoping for completion in 2021.

*Please email taryne.taylor@erau if you were planning to submit, but need further accomodations to the deadline due to Covid-19.