A Savvy People: Tricksters, Sovereigns, and Decolonial Realism in the Dutch Caribbean

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

6:00 pm

Location

RH 203

A Savvy People: Tricksters, Sovereigns, and Decolonial Realism in the Dutch Caribbean.
Louis Römer

As the radical aspirations of mid-century postcolonial projects have given way to the disappointments of an enduring neocolonial present, decolonial politics in the Dutch Caribbean has turned to Ananse—the trickster hero in West African and Caribbean myth—to imagine alternatives to the status of overseas territory of the Netherlands. This emergent mode of political imagination echoes developments elsewhere in the African Diaspora, where movements are looking beyond the horizons imposed by neoliberal multiculturalism and postcolonial sovereignty, and are redirecting their attention to marronage, fugitivity, and abolition to devise other pathways toward liberation.

Sponsored by Africana Studies Program

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Primavera Ward

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Africana Studies Program