The masterclasses examine a range of social, historical, political and cultural issues through the lenses of sexuality and gender with specific reference to the Dutch Caribbean. They seek to offer participants some academic grounding in concepts and concerns related to gender and sexuality in their various dimensions. While the main regional focus is the Dutch Caribbean, the course will also draw on scholarship from the broader Caribbean, Latin America and other parts of the world.
In this lecture and masterclass, we reflect upon the meaning of decolonization in Caribbean contexts where political sovereignty is not the anticipated nor desired outcome. As we consider bitter contests over the etiology of same-sex desire in the region and the consistent framing of gender transgression and same sex desire as colonial imposition, we explore the forms of political maneuver that make desire the terrain for proxy debates about sovereignty, freedom, and decolonial futures.
Lecture and masterclass Decolonial Desire by Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones. In this lecture and masterclass, we reflect upon the meaning of decolonization in Caribbean contexts where political sovereignty is not the anticipated nor desired outcome. As we consider bitter contests over the etiology of same-sex desire in the region and the consistent framing of gender transgression and same sex desire as colonial imposition, we explore the forms of political maneuver that make desire the terrain for proxy debates about sovereignty, freedom, and decolonial futures.
Dr. Sruti Bala will be presenting at the 2018 Academic Research Seminar on Diversity and Inclusion, ISS The Hague.
The seminars will be an opportunity for the ISS community to listen and engage with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds (i.e. mathematics, arts, and pedagogy) who have conducted research that is attentive to epistemic diversity. The seminars will also be an opportunity to stimulate a collective reflection at ISS about what we have already done and what we can further develop in this area.
Venue: International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
More info: https://www.iss.nl/…/research-and-task-epistemic-diversity-…
On Thursday 19 April, the General Faculty of the University of Curacao is organizing the lecture "Queer Identity" by the poet, writer, dramatist, filmmaker, director and curator Felix de Rooy. The topic of same-sex desire is a recurring theme in the work of de Rooy. In this lecture, he will take you on a journey through the different disciplines of visual arts, theatre and film. He will provide an inspiring overview of the representation of same-sex desire in his oeuvre.
This reading group accompanies the NWO funded project ‘Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty – Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curacao and Bonaire’ (2017 – 2022). We invite anyone interested in the topic to participate in its regular meetings, with the primary aim of engaging with Caribbean (feminist) scholarship focusing on the Humanities and interrogating questions around gendered and sexual citizenship in relation to the Dutch Caribbean.
The lecture and masterclass examine the landscape of 20th century critical thought in Curaçao in relation to regional, Kingdom and global developments, its own unique traditions, and how this vital thought-action culture is forgotten by a society marked by a history of slavery, colonialism and rapid industrialization.
25th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship
Our PhD Candidate Wigbertson Julian Isenia will present at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship (Chicago, Illinois).
The discussion about inclusivity in theatre and performance has gained priority but the main focus seems to be numbers: as long as we see more people of colour on stage, the Dutch theatre will become more diverse. Eventhough this goal is desirable itself, the inequality is not only visible in the scarcity of people of colour in the performing arts, it is also represented in the type of roles that are being offered to them en how they are being directed. That's why we are opening up the discussion about representation, typecasting and stereotypes
The Department of Theatre Studies and the NWO-funded project 'Cultural Practices of Citizenship under conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire' are honoured to organise the lecture 'Gender and Sexuality in Curaçaoan Theatre: The Work of Felix de Rooy'.
Artistic Critiques of Sovereignty: Perspectives from the Dutch Caribbean
Guest Lecture by Sruti Bala at the Freie Universität Berlin
In this lecture dr. Bala will explore the way in which the critique of anthropocentrism is related to the critique of colonialism, unfolding a concept of 'fragmented sovereignty'. It includes a discussion of 'Marival' (1996), a documentary theatre and film production by Dutch Caribbean artist Felix de Rooy. De Rooy's work gives us insight into how seemingly marginal sites and societies such as the Dutch Caribbean islands might well be central to our understanding of systems of power and domination.
A seminar on "Gender mainstreaming" and policy will be held at the University of Curaçao with a lecture by Prof. Gloria Wekker. This seminar is organised by the Curaçaoan Ministry of Social Development, Labour and Welfare in co-operation with the NWO project.
The seminar is a closed event.
Further information: shermila.paula (at) gobiernu.cw
This lecture will explore a central paradox of Dutch culture: the passionate denial of racial discrimination and colonial violence coexisting alongside aggressive racism and xenophobia. Accessing a cultural archive built over 400 years of Dutch colonial rule, it fundamentally challenges Dutch racial exceptionalism by undermining the dominant narrative of the Netherlands as a ‘gentle’ and ‘ethical’ nation. The lecture will further ask what the notion of white innocence means in the context of the Dutch Caribbean.
Award-winning South African dancer, choreographer and arts activist Mamela Nyamza addresses in her controversial performance DE-APART-HATE the oppression of women and (gay) sexuality by religion and how to overcome this. Moving on and around a wobbling bench painted in rainbow colors two dancers, an African woman and an African pastor, try to balance each other. Who has power and who is being oppressed?
Dia 4 di sèptèmber próksimo lo nos tene un promé reunion informativo pa diferente persona i organisashonnan (stakeholders) ku nos ta haña lo por tin un aporte importante pa e asina yamá proyekto di Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire.
On September 4 there will be an information meeting for persons and
This lecture considers how the association between blackness and waste material and racial capitalism organize space. The longstanding relationship between racial capitalism and the abjection of blackness has not only condemned black people to deprived areas, but also made black communities particularly vulnerable to environmental toxicants.
Researchers are often confronted with the fact that certain key information is not in written form but stored in people’s memories. This is particularly the case in societies where written information represents colonial or other dominant views while alternative views are silenced. Oral history is a technique for recovering silenced or ignored perspectives as well as for recollecting information about the more recent past that combines anthropology, history, storytelling and journalism
The lecture examines the ways in which colonial politics of respectability, aimed at shaping ideal Curaçaoan male and female behavior, formed a response to racist representations ofblack sexuality and character in Curaçaoan society. By reflecting on the discourses of respectability in Curaçaoan society, the lecture offers an analysis of gender differences in the region from a Dutch-Caribbean perspective and analyzes experiences of inclusion and exclusion within the wider Caribbean context