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De Verzwegen Geschiedenis van Anton de Kom

Wat kunnen we leren van het verzet van Anton de Kom? Daarover organiseren New Urban Collective en The Black Archives op 25 februari een avond bij The Black Archives in Amsterdam. Met een expositie, lezingen én een filmpremière. Over het leven van de man die streed tegen de onderdrukking van zwarte arbeiders – en tegen de Duitse bezetting. read on…

Change is good

by Bonnie van der Lee

History is present
If I would have to summarize this course I would say that during it we’ve talked about the history of slavery and colonialism and in particular how this is still seen and felt today. Due to the fact that we had guest lecturers every week this gave us a unique insight into multiple different fields and opinions. This essay will focus on protecting cultural heritage through dance (Aminata Cairo), change through activism and preserving of black history (Mitchell Esajas) while also taking into account the actuality of slavery past (Wayne Modest). read on…

Blinding Nationalism; shared colonial histories, isolated struggles for acknowledgement

by Luzie Louisa Richt

To understand our shared history of slavery and colonialism, there are not only the century-old racial boundaries that have to be crossed, but also the seemingly-ignored national ones. Presented with new research findings from the side-wings of the Dutch colonial history as a non-national history, I wondered why we perceive of Europe’s colonial legacy as nation-specific endeavor, separating and isolating histories along the geographical lines of the imagined communities of nation-states.
Motivated by realizing my lack of knowledge of the German colonial history due to a privileged ignorance, I was surprised to discover the similarities of the colonial legacy of the Netherlands and Germany. Discussing my own situatedness, I want to plead for the broadening of our conception of history into multiple, nation-independent strands that, despite their contradictions, their discrepancies, allow to sketch a bigger picture and connect us, regardless of our inherited appeal to divide ourselves along ethnical, cultural and national lines. read on…

When the Side Wings Take Center Stage

An Essay on Structural Racism in the Netherlands

by Eline de Jong

In December 2016, Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman presented her documentary Wit is ook een Kleur (The Color White). In the documentary, she asks her audience, her interviewees, and also herself: what does it mean to be white? read on…

To all Dutch universities: our colonial history is not a past!

by Tim Vroegindeweij

Hans Broek in his account in the Volkskrant on the 12th of January 2018 wrote about the dehumanising practises of the Dutch during their colonial rule over the Gold Coast, present day Ghana. In his article, he argues that the measurements the Dutch imposed on their colonised peoples were of such an objectionable nature, white Dutch citizens today cannot but foster a certain sense of guilt and shame towards their colonial past. His account is a reaction to an article by Hubert Peters, who argued that the Dutch have nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to their collective colonial history. The latter is a clear example of how lacking knowledge of a historic period and in particular its implications for our society at present, continues to divide social groups. This brief paper discusses the importance of this lacking knowledge and attempts to advocate the introduction of more academic courses on the subject at Dutch universities. read on…

Het historische debat tussen Garvey en Huiswoud: nog steeds relevant?

De vondst van een historische schat: The Black Archives

door Mitchell Esajas

Deze week is het exact twee jaar geleden dat wij van de Verhalenkamer in Amsterdam-Noord verhuisden naar het pand van Vereniging Ons Suriname. Op 23 januari 2016, om precies te zijn, betraden wij dit historische pand. In een ruimte op de derde verdieping van het pand scheen ook een collectie boeken en documenten te liggen. Wat er precies lag wisten we niet, de ruimte was echter een grote chaos. read on…

What we don’t see; The Side Wings of Slavery & Colonialism

Lectures on Slavery in the former Dutch Colonies, and its Aftermath

Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam

This lecture series brings together different, less exposed themes on Dutch slavery and colonialism. The course intends to educate students about more than the general perception of slavery and colonialism.

Slavery in the former Dutch colonies is often discussed with reference to an overall picture about Trans-Atlantic slavery. The focus of this course is about what we don’t know, but should know about slavery. Why is it that the Dutch East Indies were long neglected when it comes to slavery, while numerically it is comparable with slavery in the Caribbean? How did Africans who were dragged to the New World in slave shackles, still achieved success in their lives? What was the significance of art and cultural expressions like dance in colonial times? Which traces of slavery are still visible in modern socieity? These are all questions that will be adressed.


Starts Thurday 16 November 2017, 19.00-21.00 h., Oudemanhuispoort, room C 0.17. (University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam).


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Boekpresentatie: 20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe

Hierbij nodig ik u van harte uit voor de presentatie van het nieuwste boek van Prof. Stephen Small getiteld 20 Questions and Answers on Black Europe. read on…

Kunst, musea en ‘weigeringspraktijken’

Wayne Modest, expert op het gebied van materiële cultuur, zal in zijn lezing ‘Kunst, musea en ‘weigeringspraktijken’ ‘ een pleidooi houden voor meer aandacht voor ‘refusal’ – weigering – binnen het huidige debat over kolonialisme. read on…

“Woorden in beeld, het Surinaams protest”

Op maandag 19 juni organiseert Vereniging Ons Suriname en het NUC samen met kunstenaar en onderzoeker Sara Blokland en FOTODOK het mini-symposium “Woorden in beeld, het Surinaams protest”. Met lezingen van van Sara Blokland, Mitchell Esajas en Quinsy Gario. read on…

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