Kali Tal was introduced to the concept of Afrofuturism by Alondra Nelson and Art McGee in the early 1990s. She joined the newly founded Afrofuturism listserv moderated by Dr. Nelson and became part of the lively community of scholars, activists and artists who have given the field its shape. Tal built the original Afrofuturism web site, and has recently updated it to accommodate the flood of New Media offerings on the subject, as well as to showcase the work of a new generation of scholars.
In 1996 WIRED Magazine published her landmark essay, ““Behind the Screen: African-American Theory and Computer-Mediated Communication,” and also posted a longer version of the same article on the Web.
Writing on Afrofuturism:
“From Panther to Monster: Black Popular Culture Representations of Resistance from the Black Power Movement of the 1960s to the Boyz in the Hood,” in Elaine Richards & Ronald Jackson, Innovations in African-American Rhetoric, (University of Illinois Press, 2002).
“That Just Kills Me: Black Militant Near Futurist Fiction,” Social Text (Summer 2002).
A Review of Lisa Nakamura’s Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet, 2002.
“Room Full of Mirrors: Race, Tourism, and Cyberspace,” Artbyte (May/June 2000).
Duppies in the Machine: White Cyberculture Critics Read Race,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, October, 2000.“
Captive Audience: Telecoms in the Prisons,” WIRED Magazine, (October, 1997)