The research project consists of two multi-disciplinary doctoral projects on citizenship in relation to (1) sexual minorities and (2) gender relations, based at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Curaçao respectively. The first sub-project inquires into cultural articulations of sexual minorities, including case studies in the areas of film, literature, theatre and cultural performance. How do these practices grapple with recent developments pertaining to sexual minority rights or tourism on the islands and what is their historical legacy? The second sub-project is a multi-generational study of rituals, customs, language and norms of Curaçaoan and Bonairean women. What do women’s embodied experiences reveal about the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in citizenship? The study combines methods from the social sciences and humanities, such as discourse analysis, immersive participation, oral history, and cultural performance analysis.
The project will add fresh insights to the study of citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean since the constitutional reforms of 2010, investigating the role of cultural practices in forging the islands’ sovereignty. It will directly contribute to the curricular development of a new and timely undergraduate programme in Cultural Studies at the University of Curaçao. It will strengthen the knowledge base of civil society organisations on both islands advocating justice for women and sexual minorities.