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Monthly Dutch Caribbean Reading Group

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.

4-6 EC can be awarded for MA students. UvA RMA students can have it registered as a tutorial. RMA students from other universities in the Netherlands can have it registered via NICA. To receive credits you need to attend all sessions and complete a graded assignment. Details to be discussed at the first meeting.

To join the research group and receive the readings, send an email to Ghanima Kowsoleea:


Programme for 2018 (Sem 2):

Times: 14.30 – 16.30hrs
Lunch at 13.30 at the UB café for whoever wants to join.

19 Jan 2018 - Vondelzaal UB

Ellis, Nadia. (2015). Territories of the soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora. (Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Epilogue)

2 Feb 2018 - OMHP, room C.1.23

Alexander, J. M. (2015). Not Just (Any) Body Can Be a Citizen: The Politics of Law, Sexuality and Postcoloniality in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas. Feminist Review48(48), 5–23.

Alexander, J. M. (2006). Pedagogies of crossing: mediations on feminism, sexual politics, memory and the sacred. Durham: Duke University Press. (Intro & Ch.5)

2 March - Vondelzaal UB

Roe, Angela. (2016) The Sound of Silence: Ideology of National Identity and Racial Inequality in Contemporary Curaçao. (Chapter  2)

            + Full screening of the Roe's film 'Shadows of Colour, Sombra di Koló' (2015)


3 April - Belle van Zuylenzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek

             Public lecture 'Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the construction of Forgetting'
             by Richenel Ansano, UNESCO Facilitator on Intangible Heritage on Curaçao

6 April - OMHP C.105

Masterclass with Richenel Ansano, UNESCO Facilitator on Intangible Heritage on Curaçao

Ansano, Richenel. (2017) What is central to Curaçao’s history and national identity? A cultural heritage canon as a tool for national identity, nation-building and nation-branding.

Ansano, Richenel. (2012) ‘To question identity: public discourse and transparent ethics in  Curaçao.’ In: Multiplex Cultures and Citizenships: Multiple Perspectives on Language, Literature, Education and Society in the ABC- Islands and Beyond. Willemstad: FPI, 66-87.

Ansano, Richenel. (2006) 'René Römer: Between striking a path and creating a legacy.' In: René Römer als inspirator: Actualiseringen van zijn gedachtengoed, 9-15.

Groenewoud, Margo. (2017). 'Nou koest, nou kalm: de ontwikkelingen van de Curaçaose samenleving, 1915-1973: van koloniaal en kerkelijk gezag naar zelfbestuur en burgerschap, 85-88 & 124-128.

Rutgers, Wim. (2012) 'Amador P. Nita en zijn Casa Editorial Emile'
Online verschenen: Werkgroep Caribische Letteren

June (to be confirmed)

            June 2018 (to be confirmed): Masterclass and lecture by Vanessa Agard-Jones
            (Columbia University, USA)

Agard-Jones, Vanessa. (2009) Le Jeu de Qui? Sexual Politics at Play in the French Caribbean. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, 3, 1-19.

Agard-Jones, Vanessa. (2013) Bodies in the System. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 17(3), 182-192

Agard-Jones, Vanessa.  (2012) What the Sands Remember. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 18 (2-3), 325-346.