Dismantling the Master's Clock - Black Quantum Futurism, African American Temporality, and Cultural Trauma

Mads Algreen Torp, Atakan Kara, Natallia Kalinina, Akvile Buitvydaite, Sofie Malm Henriksen, Ignacio Jaureguilorda & Noella Chituka Birisawa

Student thesis: Subject Module Project


This paper examines the extent to which the Black Quantum Futurism Collective (BQF) develops new ways for its practitioners to navigate across the different challenges that they are exposed to in the era of modernity and progress. Time appears as both functional and fundamental to the erection of a standard against which to measure the individual's performance and value to society. Particularly we analyze the techniques the Collective proposes to overcome the historical cultural trauma that the African Americans are subject to through the hierarchies of time and a chronic lack of access to the future. We then expound the BQF as a method involving the re-appropriation of temporal narratives and experiences in order to regain access to collective memory and to rewrite their historical archives. Further on, we explore the metaphysical foundations that exist for the claims that the collective poses of time traveling as a genuine method of empowerment, by contextualising them within the more established frameworks of idealism and realism in philosophy. Finally we set out to explain the phenomena of BQF in a postcolonial context where the basis for discussion of epistemological disputes is essentially tied to the problematics that stem out from an ever increasing need in society to call for a more generalized and mature dialogue of the cultures.

EducationsCultural encounter studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Bachelor
Publication date2016
Number of pages70
SupervisorsPrem Poddar


  • postcolonialism
  • time
  • spatiotemporality
  • African American
  • cultural trauma
  • collective identity