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.
Gloria Wekker is Professor Emerita of Gender Studies at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Besides that, she is also the author of several acclaimed books, including White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (Duke University Press, 2016) and The Politics of Passion: Women’s Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Columbia University Press, 2006).
Entrance: free (no registration needed)