CHANDRA NIRMALA FRANK

Telephone: +44 7478669380                      Email: chandrafrank@gmail.com  


CURRENT RESEARCH

My work is focused on the Black, Migrant and Refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands during the 1980s. I explore the role of archives, Black feminist genealogy and the politics of pleasure and resistance. Professor Sara Ahmed supervises my project. 


EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Sept 2014 - present PhD Candidate, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University, London, United Kingdom

2011-2012 MPhil, Research Master, Specialisation African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dissertation: Representing Africa Differently: An Analysis of the Proposed Sale of the Africa Collection at the Wereld Museum Rotterdam

2009-2011 LL.M, Master of Laws, Specialisation Public International Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Dissertation: The Accountability of Peacekeepers for International Crimes under International Law


GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS 

2016 ICA Curatorial Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2011-2012 Master’s Scholarship Recipient, National Research Foundation South Africa


PUBLICATIONS

“A Critical Analysis of the Proposed Sale of the Africa Collection at the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam”. Third Text Africa 3 (1) 2013.

“A Memorial or an Anti-Memorial? A Photographic Essay of the Memorial Cemetery Park in Swakopmund, Namibia”. Postamble 8 (1) 2013.


CONFERENCE PAPERS, INVITED TALKS & lectures

Conference Paper, "Can the Archive Speak? Queer and Decolonial Forms of Exhibition Making on South Africa. Black Portraitures Conference. Johannesburg. November 2016.

Conference Paper, "Touching History: Archiving Queer Intimacies". Black Portraitures Conference. Johannesburg. November 2016.

Panelist, "Touching History: Archiving Queer Intimacies", Cambridge University, Critical Theory & Practice Seminar. Cambridge. October 2016.

Panelist, "The Role of the Archive in Community Arts", 198 Contemporary Arts & Leaning. London. June 2016. 

Panelist, "Bodies and Borders Panel", Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths University. May 2016.

Conference Paper, "Transnational Archival Encounters: Black Feminist Genealogies and the Politics of Memory", Thinking Gender Conference 2016, UCLA. April 2016.

Master Class, Decolonial Curatorial Practices, MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University. February 2016. 

Public Lecture, "Thinking Towards Decolonial Curatorial Practices", Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, February 2016. 

Public Lecture, "A Woman Speaks. Audre Lorde, Uses of Archive and Transnational Feminism", Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgian Renaissance, November 2015. 

Public Lecture, "Towards a Decolonial Curatorial Practice". SOAS, Decolonzing our Minds Society, November 2015. 

Public Lecture, “Reimagining Colonial Institutions”, Colloquium of Color Berlin, May 2015.

Conference Paper, “Racialised and Gendered Narratives of Resistance within the Dutch Context,” ASCA Conference, University of Amsterdam, March 2015.

Public Lecture, “Towards a Decolonized University”, University of Color, University of Amsterdam, March 2015.

Presenter, “Resistance and the Dutch Black Feminist Movement”, Martin Luther King Day, De Balie Amsterdam, January 2015.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016 April - present, Short Course Convener, Goldsmiths University of London, Bad Girls: Representations of Race and Gender in Popular Culture & Masters of Sex: Feminisms, Sexuality and the Media.

2015 September – present, Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Media and Communications

  • Responsible for seminar groups and grading papers. 

2013 September – present, School of International Training (SIT) Study Abroad Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Module and Lecturer for Feminist Studies and Feminist Activism

  • Coordinates a bi-annual module for undergraduate students from the U.S
  • Lecturer for introductory classes on the history of feminism, race, the body, gender, and feminist activism;
  • Leads and designs discussions to further enhance students critical thinking skills;
  • Provides additional academic support through individual student supervision sessions.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014 - 2016, Independent Curator, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Lead curator and co-producer for the Re(as)sisting Narratives exhibition, a two-year project focused on the shared legacies between South Africa and the Netherlands with District Six Museum (Cape Town), Centre for Curating the Archive (Cape Town) 

2013 February – present, Africa is A Country, Permanent Contributor

  • Writing articles on the legacies of colonialism, slavery and racism and gender in the Netherlands.

2013 November – February 2014, This is Africa, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Freelance Writer

  •  Writing articles and reviews on Africa related subjects including culture, politics and art.

2012 October – December, Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Grant making Assistant

  • Reviewed incoming proposals of global sex-worker groups;
  • Researched on sex-worker rights and organisations;
  • Responsible for administrative processes.

2011 August – December, People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), Cape Town, South Africa, Project Manager

  • Managed the Gender Program including fundraising, strategy development, and partnerships in donor and corporate sectors;
  • Set up a gender based violence awareness campaign;
  • Hosted press conferences and interviews with various stakeholders; 
  • Coordinated workshops in townships in Cape Town on gender-based violence.

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the Board, Voices of Women Media, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


SUMMER SCHOOLS 

2013 6th Annual Summer School on Black Europe Summer School, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. An intensive two-week program on ‘Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations’.