Relinked, Relayed, Related: A Caribbean Studies Seminar


For those of you in the Netherlands, this seminar may be of interest. The seminar—organized by Emma van Meyeren and Inez van der Scheer, RMA Literary Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam [University of Amsterdam]—includes a keynote lecture by Egbert Alejandro Martina. It will take place on May 3, 2017, 1:00–5:00pm at the Library of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] See description below:

Seminar organized by Emma van Meyeren and Inez van der Scheer (RMA Literary Studies UvA)

The seminar seeks to offer a space for Caribbean thought that traditionally occupies the margins of Dutch academia. This space – created, appropriated, or decolonized – exists with the principle of plurality: the Caribbean as a site of multidisciplinary research. This one-day seminar will offer a meeting place and discussion forum for researchers in the field of Caribbean Studies working in the Netherlands, from Master’s and PhD students to postdocs and senior researchers. This seminar aims to bring these researchers together with the objectives to get to know each other (better), sharing knowledge on our common area of interest and shaping future research directions.

Participants are researchers based in the Netherlands from various disciplines and subject areas. Considering their limited visibility in both Caribbean Studies and Dutch academia, the organizers particularly encouraged proposals on (the study of) of the islands that have in common their history of Dutch colonialism: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Statia, and St Maarten.

We will be coming together on May 3rd for an afternoon dedicated to the Caribbean islands that have in common their history of Dutch colonization. Starting with a keynote lecture by Egbert Alejandro Martina at 13:00, the seminar should present a space for the de-linking and re-thinking the representation of the Caribbean in (Dutch) academic spaces. We emphasize the decolonial option and the situated perspective of a personal affinity with the islands, be this through heritage, activism, or sustained philosophical engagement. Following the lecture and an opening conversation, we invite the contributors to join each other in smaller groups designed based on the abstracts and surveys submitted. We hope that in these groups, and in the general discussion upon coming back together, we can relay knowledge across disciplinary boundaries by way of interpersonal experiential relations.


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