Claudia Rankine credit John Lucas

Claudia Rankine

In conversation with David Olusoga

Festival of the Future City/
Fri 13 October 2017

Claudia Rankine

In conversation with David Olusoga

Claudia Rankine credit John Lucas
Fri 13 October 2017,

Claudia Rankine is one of America’s leading commentators on race, whiteness and Black Lives Matter. In her distinctive and award-winning books Citizen and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Rankine weaves poetry, lyric essay, photography and visual art to examine the experience of race and racism in Western society. Through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice, and longer meditations on the violence – whether linguistic or physical – which has had an impact on the lives of Serena Williams, Zinedine Zidane, Mark Duggan and others, she explores an America ever more unable to process its own toxins, from medicated depression to racial tension, suspicion and fear. She takes an unflinching look at life and death in a nation in flux and provides a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our ostensibly ‘post-race’ society.

In this event Rankine will be in conversation with historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, talking about her work and her new Racial Imaginary Institute.

This event is part of the build-up to the second Festival of the Future City 18-20 October 2017. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – will bring together architects, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders, politicians and more. Partners include: University of Bristol; University of the West of England; University of Bath; Arts Council England; Bristol City Council; Business West; Centre for Cities; Core Cities; Resolution Foundation; ESRC. Details of the programme here: www.futurecityfestival.co.uk.

Image credit John Lucas.

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