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Mr W.G.S.J. (Julian) Isenia MA


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Theatre Studies
  • Visiting address
    Universiteitstheater
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18  
  • Postal address:
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat  16-18
    1012 CP  Amsterdam
  • W.G.S.J.Isenia@uva.nl

Wigbertson Julian Isenia is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) supervised by mw. prof. dr. R.K. (Rivke) Jaffe and mw. dr. S. (Sruti) Bala. The PhD project 'Sexual Citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean' (2017-2021) in collaboration with the University of Curaçao, forms part of the NWO-funded project 'Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire'. This PhD project examines how citizenship is practised by sexual and gender minorities under conditions of fragmented national sovereignty. Departing from the recognition that citizenship is not only a legal status based on (birth)-rights and filial duties, but equally a notion tied to the histories of the nation-state, its claims to modernity, and its legacies of colonialism, slavery, and gender inequalities, the project examines sexual citizenship in Curaçao and Bonaire in terms of practices and incipient struggles for political subjectivity. It asks how citizenship is practised and culturally articulated by subjects facing multiple forms of systemic inequalities through disparate cultural practices such as theatre, writings, songs and dance. 

 

Education and Training

2021 - (expected) PhD - Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

2015 - MA, Arts and Culture - Theatre Studies (UvA)

2013 - BA, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (UU)

2013 - BA, Theatre Studies (UvA)

Research Interests

Queer Archives, Oral History, Postcolonial Theory, Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies, Caribbean studies & Performance Studies

Funding and Awards

UvA-385 grant (2018) for a month Fellowship at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the New York University

NWO Grant for 4-years PhD (2017)

Decade innovation Award (2017)

Research grant from Stichting Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude (2016)

Silvia W. de Groot fund (2016)

Student grant from Stichting Bekker La Bastide Fund (2014)

Nominated and finalist for the Echo Award (2013)

First book: The Question of Dutch Politics as a Matter of Theatre: Theatre and Performance after the 2008 Financial Crisis

2017

  • Isenia, W. J. (2017). The question of dutch politics as a matter of theatre: Theatre and performance after the 2008 financial crisis. (AGENT – Amsterdam/Gent New Theses in Performance Research; Vol. 8). Marburg: Tectum Verlag. [details] 

2016

  • Isenia, W. J. (2016). The global trajectories of queerness: Re-thinking same-sex politics in the Global South: [Review of: A. Tellis & S. Bala (2015) The global trajectories of queerness: Re-thinking same-sex politics in the Global South]. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 19(4), 480-484. DOI: 10.5117/TVGN2016.4.RECE  [details] 

2018

  • Colpani, G., & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (2018). Strange Fruits: Queer of Color Intellectual Labor in the Netherlands in the 1980s and 1990s. In S. Ponzanesi, & A. J. Habed (Eds.), Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Portraits, Networks and Connections (pp. 213-230). Rowman & Littlefield.

Award

  • Isenia, J. (2018). Arts/Science: Academy Honours Programme for Young Artists and Scientists.
  • Isenia, J. (2018). University of Amsterdam 385 years grant.

Media appearance

  • Isenia, J. (01-05-2017). Arubaanse slavenregisters na de zomer online [Web] Caribisch Netwerk. Arubaanse slavenregisters na de zomer online.
  • Isenia, J. (16-08-2016). Onderzoek naar homoseksualiteit op Bonaire en Curaçao [Web] Caribisch Netwerk. Onderzoek naar homoseksualiteit op Bonaire en Curaçao.

Others

  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (3-4-2018 - 6-4-2018). Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the Construction of Forgetting, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Isenia, J. (participant) (28-3-2018 - 30-3-2018). 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, United States. PhD Candidate Wigbertson Julian Isenia will present at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Isenia, J. (participant), Röttger, K. E. (participant) & Zangl, V. (participant) (18-2-2018). Lecture Gender and Sexuality in Curaçaoan Theatre, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Department of Theatre Studies and the NWO-funded project 'Cultural Practices of Citizenship under conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (27-3-2017 - 28-3-2017). Sexual Politics in Colonial Curaçao, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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