Derica Shields
writing, researching, programming

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Derica Shields [connection dropped]

Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from London. Her work has appeared in the New Inquiry, Rookie, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, Flash Art and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a (now defunct) screening and discussion series centered on experimental, world-unravelling films by black artists and directors. As part of a 2017 Triple Canopy commission, she is developing a multi-format oral history project centering on Black people's accounts of the UK welfare state. She is also working on a book project commissioned by Hannah Black for a new Book Works series.


July 18 - ongoing Freelance Copy Editor, ICA London
Oct 15 - Jun 17 Features Editor, Rookie magazine 
Nov 14 - Jan 16 Contributing Editor, The New Inquiry
Dec 14 - Oct 15 Story Editor, Rookie magazine
Jan 13 - Mar 14 Content Manager, Studio Africa & Assistant Editor, Okayafrica

Selected Publications
2017 - Review: E. Jane’s “Lavendra” at American Medium, Flash Art, (print + online)
2016 - “Let You Be: An Interview With Barry Jenkins,” ROOKIE (online)
2016 - Interview: “Life Syllabus: Santigold,” ROOKIE (online)
2016 - Feature: “Blackface at the Tate,” Live Art Almanac, Volume 4 (print)
2015 - Essay: “Bodied,” Girls Like Us (print)
2014 - Essay: “Face Me, I Face You,” The New Inquiry (online)

Teaching & Research
Jan 17 - Apr 17 Co-teacher with Fanta Sylla, “Cinema in Black” Pioneer Works, NY

Aug 13 - Nov 13 Archival Researcher for feature film, Cloud 8 Production
Research on Black presence in Britain in 1940s and ’50s, included finding interviewees, conducting and recording firsthand accounts, film and photo archives, library research.

Aug 11 - May 12 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, NY

Sep 09 - May 10 English & Creative Writing Teacher, SHINE Enrichment programme, Dulwich College, London

Programming & Events
2017 -  A Heavy Nonpresence, ICA, London
2014 - Video-Farm, Trans-Farm/Apexart, Detroit
2014 - The Future Weird, Afrofuturist Affair, Philadelphia
2014 - The Future Weird, Museum of Art and Design, NY
2014 - The Future Weird, Non-Resident Aliens, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - The Future Weird, Remote Control, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - In Search of a Black Atlantis, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, NY
2013 - Visions of Excess, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, NY

2015 - MS African and African American Studies, Cornell University
    Dissertation: Conceptions of romantic love in contemporary West African literature

2009 - BA English (1st Class), University of Cambridge
    Thesis: Kumina in the work of Kamau Brathwaite

Awards, Grants & Fellowships
2014 - Digital Desperados, three month film course, Glasgow
2010 - Sage Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University
2010 - BEST Scholarship, BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust
2009 - Marquess of Salisbury Scholarship for excellence in English, Cambridge University