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ArtSchool Podcast with Rinaldo Walcott

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Arising from THE EDUCATIONAL WEB exhibition programme at Kunstverein in Hamburg which ran from 1 April–6 August 2023, Afterall ArtSchool initiated a series of online conversations with artists, scholars, and collectives examining artistic practice and the educational epistemologies which underpin it. Emphasising the pedagogic qualities of dialogue and exchange, these conversations, which now double as podcast episodes on Afterall ArtSchool, involve practitioners thinking through and across three different strands: problematising the decolonial institution, education as learning together, and studying in the shadows.

Listen for a conversation between between writer, critic and Professor and Chair of Africana and American Studies at University at Buffalo Rinaldo Walcott, and ArtSchool Co-Editor Camille Crichlow. The podcast explores the logics of what Walcott terms ‘the long emancipation’ in the context of educational apparatuses and knowledge systems, in addition to the role of Black creativity and its centrality to the emergence of Black freedom.

Rinaldo Walcott Is Professor and Chair of Africana and American Studies at the University at Buffalo. He holds the Carl V. Granger Chair in Africana and American Studies. He is a writer and critic. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality with interests in nations, nationalisms, multiculturalism, policy and education broadly defined. As an interdisciplinary Black Studies scholar, Walcott has published in a wide range of venues on everything from literature to film, to theatre to music to policy. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals and books, as well as popular venues like newspapers and magazines and media online sources. He often comments on black cultural life for radio and TV.

Walcott has edited or co-edited multiple works including Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000). Walcott is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003). He is also the author of Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Insomniac Press, 2016) and co-author of Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom (Arbeiter Ring, 2019). In 2021, Walcott published The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards Freedom (Duke University Press) and On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition (Biblioasis) which was nominated for the Heritage Toronto Book Award, longlisted for the Toronto Book Awards, a Globe and Mail Book of the Year, and listed in CBC Books Best Canadian Nonfiction of 2021

Camille Crichlow is ArtSchool Co-Editor at Afterall Research Centre (Central St. Martins) and a PhD Researcher at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation (University College London). Her research interrogates how historical and emergent formations of racialism manifest in contemporary algorithmic regimes and techno-visual cultures.


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