This essay traces the roots of marginalization of the Dutch Caribbean in Caribbean studies, approaching these roots as an integral part of a shared Caribbean intellectual history. In the era of twentieth-century Caribbean anticolonialism, nationalism, and decolonization, local intellectuals emerged in the public arena throughout the Caribbean region. The author studies the intellectual interplays and incubations taking place, asking if and how Dutch Caribbean thinkers and writers were involved. Her analysis finds that neglect and erasure impacted Dutch Caribbean studies first and foremost from within. Mid-twentieth-century Dutch Caribbean anticolonial intellectuals have confronted strong oppression and retaliations, leading to obscured publications as well as to considerable societal and archival silences. This reflects on the self-image of the Dutch Caribbean and an observed otherness attitude among Dutch Caribbean intellectuals.
Decolonization, Otherness, and the Neglect of the Dutch Caribbean in Caribbean Studies
Margo Groenewoud obtained her PhD at the Universities of Curaçao and Leiden. She is an assistant professor at the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez and a researcher in the Traveling Caribbean Heritage project and Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute. As a social historian, she specializes in the twentieth-century Dutch Caribbean, with interests in postcolonialism, social justice, cultural history, and digital humanities.
Margo Groenewoud; Decolonization, Otherness, and the Neglect of the Dutch Caribbean in Caribbean Studies. Small Axe 1 March 2021; 25 (1 (64)): 102–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-8912808
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