||30 June to 14 July 2018
|Recommended course combination
||Session 2: Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnographic Storytelling, The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam 1600-Present, Design, Society and Cultures of Display in Museums
Session 3: Impact of an Empire
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Prof. Susan Legêne and Prof. Anthony Bogues, Prof. dr Wayne Modest, Prof. dr Ciraj Rassool
|Other lecturers||Dr Dienke Hondius, Dr Judy Jaffe-Schagen and guest lecturers|
|Form(s) of tuition||Interactive seminar, lectures, fieldwork|
|Form(s) of assessment||Presentation, short paper, peer review
‘Decolonizing Europe’ takes a fresh approach to current debates surrounding notions of citizenship, belonging and the colonial past within postcolonial, post-WWII and post-Cold War Europe. You will get to know the city of Amsterdam as a meaningful location for in depth discussions of historical and contemporary dynamics of representation, memory and redress. Some of the key concepts to be discussed will be:
The course focuses on the works of Caribbean and African diasporic thinkers: scholars, writers and artists who have engaged critically with European intellectual traditions, formulating distinctive positions that constitute an alternative genealogy for questions of citizenship and belonging in Europe. By honing in on their works, you gain a deeper understanding of the global interactions at key historical moments that shaped contemporary Europe. Recent developments in Amsterdam, a city deeply affected by the Holocaust, a long colonial history, a complex migratory history and the Netherlands relationship with other difficult pasts are explored in a program full of engaging lectures and discussions.
Active participation is an important aspect of this course. In both plenary and workshop sessions, you will engage in critical discussions with your peers and expert staff on Europe’s colonial legacies, focusing specifically on archives and museums. We will explore some of the critical debates in the history of thought, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, enslavement and colonialism, post-colonial and labour migration, urban identities, race and “post-racialism”, anti-Semitism, diaspora, citizenship and belonging. The course seeks to provide alternative histories, and present different archives as ways to think about the past and the present .
At the end of the course you will:
Decolonizing Europe is offered jointly by the Global History, Heritage and Memory programme at VU University Amsterdam and the Center for Slavery and Justice at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Its co-organizer is the Research Center for Material Culture of the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures.