CHANDRA NIRMALA FRANK
My work looks at the role of archives, transnational queer kinship, and the politics of pleasure, with an emphasis on the Black, Migrant and Refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands during the 1980s.
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
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
2018 Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) Recipient for Proclamation 73, Johannesburg South Africa
2016 ICA Curatorial Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2011-2012 Master’s Scholarship Recipient, National Research Foundation South Africa
Frank, Chandra. Sister Outsider and Audre Lorde in the Netherlands: on transnational queer feminisms and archival methodological practices. Feminist Review, 121, 2019, pp. 11-25.
2019 - 2020 Guest co-editor, Feminist Review, Special themes issue on “Archives”
Frank, Chandra. "M Archive. After the End of the World by Alexis Pauline Gumbs (review)." Feminist Formations, vol. 30 no. 3, 2018, pp. 214-217. Project MUSE.
SELECTED INVITED TALKS & lectures
Public Talk, Curatorial Care, Humanising Practices Conference and Interdisciplinary Platform. “Fugitive Archives, Radical Care and Testimony in Speculation”, VIAD & Autograph ABP, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2018
Public Talk and Workshop, The International Locals, Transnational Conversations at the Intersection of DJ Scholarship and the Archives with DJ Lynnée Denise, The College of New Jersey, United States, 2018
Public Talk, “Plotting Decolonial Options”, ICA, London, United Kingdom, June 2018
Public Talk, “The Visual Life of Social Affliction”, Small Axe Symposium, The Lowe Museum, University of Miami, United States, May 2018
Public Talk, “Sara Ahmed and Chandra Frank in Conversation”, William Grant Still Arts Centre, Los Angeles, United States, February 2018
Public Talk, “Artist Rehana Zaman in Conversation with Chandra Frank”, Pavillion, Leeds Library, Leeds. May 2017
Curators Talk, “Can the Archive Speak? Curatorial Practice”. Tate Exchange, Tate, London. March 2017
Public Lecture, "Thinking Towards Decolonial Curatorial Practices", Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, February 2016
Master Class, Decolonial Curatorial Practices, MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University. 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, “Towards a Decolonized University”, University of Color, University of Amsterdam, March 2015
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS & pANELS
Conference Paper, “Radical Speculations: The Fugitive Archives of Transnational Feminist Exchange”. NWSA. Atlanta. November 2018
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
Conference Paper, “Racialised and Gendered Narratives of Resistance within the Dutch Context,” ASCA Conference, University of Amsterdam, March 2015
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2018 January - present. Lecturer, California State University Los Angeles, Pan African and Latin American Studies Department
Race and Culture in the Americas
Rethinking the Welfare Queen: Race, Gender, and Poverty in the United States
Ethnicity and Emotion in Film
2016 April - present. Short Course Convener and Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London
Bad Girls: Representations of Race and Gender in Popular Culture
Masters of Sex: Feminisms, Sexuality and the Media
2016 June - present. Program Coordinator, The Experiment in International Living, SIT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Program coordinator for summer program with US high school students on LGBTQ+ Rights and Advocacy.
2015 September – 2017. Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Media and Communications
Media Audiences and Media Geographies
Political Economy of the Mass Media
Culture and Cultural Studies
Race, Empire and Nation
2013 September – present. Lecturer, School of International Training (SIT) Study Abroad Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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.
Selected curatorial experience
2018 December – February 2019, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa, Co-curator, Proclamation 73, a project developed with Zara Julius
2018 June, Tate Exchange, Tricksters Brewing Futures, London, United Kingdom
Programming talks, debates and life performance.
2017 January – April, Contemporary Arts & Learning, London, United Kingdom, Independent Curator, Fugitive Desires: Intimate Continuations
2016 November, Institute of Creative Arts, University of Cape Town, Curatorial Fellow, The Perfumed Garden
Curated and collaborated live performance art workshops with poet Toni Stuart.
2016 November, Institute of Creative Arts, University of Cape Town, National Gallery, Curatorial Fellow, Repatriation Rhythms
Curated and collaborated live performance intervention with DJ Lynnée Denise and Zanele Radu.
2016 November – December, Homecoming Centre, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, Independent Curator, Re(as)sisting Narratives, Travelling Exhibition
2014 – 2016, Independent Curator, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Independent Curator Re(as)sisting Narratives
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 6th Annual Summer School on Black Europe Summer School, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. An intensive two-week program on ‘Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations’.