CHANDRA NIRMALA FRANK

                   email: chandrafrank@gmail.com  


CURRENT RESEARCH

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


PUBLICATIONS

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”

Book Reviews

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)


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’.