Memory work. Trauma, Truth and Slavery in the Netherlands.
09 / 2008 - 08 / 2012
This subproject of the project Heritage Dynamics: Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics of Persuasion in Brazil, Ghana,South Africa and the Netherlands, is located at the Meertens Institute. It examines the narratives of 'trauma', 'truth' and 'blackness' by which slavery has entered public consciousness in the Netherlands and the formal (i.e. monuments, ceremonies, etc.) as well as everyday practices and forms through which this particular past is encountered and experienced. The study is thus interested in how a former colonial society develops modes of dealing with its past, and how former colonial subjects engage in these negotiations in both formal and informal spheres. Conceptually, the project will investigate the dynamics of post-colonial memory work and the ways in which it is authenticated in politically charged arenas. Project in samenwerking met: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam