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.

To join the reading group and receive the readings, send an email to Ghanima Kowsoleea: g.s.j.r.kowsoleea@uva.nl


Programme for 2017 (Sem 1):

Times: 14.30 – 16.30hrs

Lunch at 13.30 for whoever wants to join

Location to be announced


20 October 2017:

Allen, R. M. (2007). Di ki manera: A Social History of Afro-Curaçaoans, 1863-1917. Amsterdam: SWP Publishers. (Introduction, Ch. VI, Ch. VIII)

10 November 2017

Wekker, Gloria. (2006). The politics of passion: Women’s sexual culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora. New York City: Columbia University Press. (Intro, Ch. 1, 2, 5)

15 December 2017

Agard-jones, V. (2011). Intimacy’s politics: new directions in Caribbean sexuality studies. New West Indian Guide/ Nieuwe West-Indische Gids85(3–4), 247–257.

Agard-jones, V. (2009). Le Jeu de Qui? Sexual Politics at Play in the French Caribbean. In F. Smith (Ed.),Sex and the Citizen. Interrogating the Caribbean (pp. 181–200). Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press.

19 Jan 2018

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.

2 Feb 2018

Patricia Mohammed, “Towards Indigenous Feminist Theorizing in the Caribbean,” Feminist Review, no. 59 (1998): 6–33.

Kempadoo, K., DeShong, H., & Crawford, C. Kempadoo, K. (2009). Caribbean Sexuality: Mapping the Field. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, (3), 28–51.

February 2018 (to be confirmed): Masterclass and Lecture by Richenel Ansano (Curaçao)

June 2018 (to be confirmed): Masterclass and lecture by Vanessa Agard-Jones (Colu