tobias van VeenVisiting Professor in Humanitiesat Quest University
Dr. tobias c. van Veen is Visiting Professor in Humanities at Quest University, with doctorates in Communication Studies and Philosophy from McGill University. His research addresses philosophy of race, sound, and technology in critical media studies, and he has published widely on Afrofuturism, posthumanism, and electronic dance music cultures (EDMC). Tobias is co-editor of the Afrofuturist Studies & Speculative Arts series at Lexington Books; lead editor of the “Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures” special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (2018); editor of the Afrofuturism special issue of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (2013); and co-editor of the special issue Echoes from the Dub Diaspora (2015). Since 1993 tobias has exhibited with galleries and festivals worldwide as an award-winning media/sound artist and curator, photographer, and filmmaker. He recently directed the Afrofuturist short film LOST ALIEN (2018), distributed by Cinema Politica, featuring Los Angeles cosplayer ZiggZaggerZ as a photosensitive black alien stranded on a sunlit planet. The film has been exhibited by New York Live Arts and the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) in Curating the End of the World (2020) and Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration (2021). He hosts the Other Planes: Afro/Futurism podcast on CreativeDisturbance.org and he DJs live at http://twitch.tv/pandemixDJs.