Mahan Moalemi is a writer and curator from Tehran. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Looking into encounters between global visual cultures and critical future studies, his research probes the pseudo-discipline of Comparative Futurism. He is the co-editor of Ethnofuturisms (Merve Verlag, 2018) and his writings have appeared in numerous publications in and outside Iran.
This essay explores the plural notion of “ethnofuturisms” by employing a comparative approach. The cultural and political vicissitudes of “futurist” tropes are traced in literary and audiovisual creations that engage with the national, ethnic, and/or racial contexts of the Middle East, African diaspora, East Asia, and former Eastern Bloc.