Following a highly successful residency and sold out talk in Summer 2018, Professor Claudia Rankine, cultural theorist, poet, essayist and playwright, returns to Chelsea College of Arts this June. Among her numerous awards and honours, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and the MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. Her literary work ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ has been described as both poetry and criticism and holds the honour of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Citizen uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual imagery to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. Dr Stephen Wilson, Postgraduate Theory Coordinator at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon, refers to Rankine’s project on whiteness as “unlike anything else to date – she is undoubtedly a leading voice on the subject of critical race theory.” Claudia Rankine’s writing has been particularly influential and transformative at a time when fine art at Chelsea is reconnecting with the cultural radicalism of contemporary practices. Using a politically motivated curriculum, staff and students have been exploring subjectivity and diversity across postcolonial and disadvantaged narratives. Our teaching and research builds around the achievements of UAL’s TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation) and INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), who recently relocated to a new home at Chelsea’s Millbank site. INIVA uses the Stuart Hall archive as a springboard to collaborate with artists, curators, researchers and cultural producers to challenge conventional notions of diversity and difference. Tickets are free, but booking is essential as places are extremely limited.Book your ticket: http://bit.ly/ClaudiaRankineUALClaudia Rankine
is the author of five collections of poetry, including 'Citizen: An American Lyric' and 'Don’t Let Me Be Lonely'; two plays including 'The White Card', which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and will be published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and 'Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue'; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the editor of several anthologies including 'The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind'. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.Supported by Research at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon.