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Handbook of Gender Studies in the Dutch Caribbean

Edited by Rose Mary Allen and Sruti Bala, this comprehensive handbook of gender studies scholarship on the Dutch Caribbean islands thematically covers the history of movements for gender equality; the relation of gender to race, colonialism, sexuality; and the arts and popular culture. The handbook ofers unparalleled insights into a century of debates around gender from the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba). Published in Leiden by Brill, 2024.

Norva Sling – Na kaminda pa Lus I Op weg naar het licht – 1997. (Foto © Aart G. Broek.)

This handbook makes gender studies in the Dutch Caribbean accessible to an international readership. Besides key academic writings, it includes primary historical sources, translations from Papiamento and Dutch, as well as personal memoirs and poetry. The volume contains a total of 50 contributions spanning 600 pages.

Rose Mary Allen is Extraordinary Professor in the field of Culture, Community and History at the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez and a pioneer of oral history research. Her recent publications include a co-edited volume on the history and legacies of Dutch colonial slavery history, Staat en slavernij: het Nederlandse koloniale slavernijverleden en zijn doorwerkingen (State and slavery: Dutch colonial slavery history and its repercussions) (Athenaeum Publishers, 2023)

Sruti Bala is associate professor in theater and performance studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her publications include ‘The Gestures of Participatory Art’ (2018) and the co-edited volume, The Global Trajectories of Queerness: Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South (Brill/Rodopi, 2015)

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