The project “Cultural Practices of Citizenship under Conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered and Sexual Citizenship in Curacao and Bonaire” in partnership with the University of Curacao asks how citizenship in the islands is practiced and culturally articulated by subjects facing multiple forms of systemic inequalities. It consists of two multi-disciplinary doctoral projects on cultural citizenship, one of which will be based at the University of Amsterdam.
The doctoral project “Sexual Citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean” will inquire into cultural articulations of sexual minorities, including case studies in the areas of film, literature, theatre, ritual and cultural performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. The research will investigate their historical legacies, as well as study how these practices grapple with recent developments pertaining to sexual minority rights or tourism on the islands. The complex role of the European Netherlands forms another crucial axis of inquiry in the research. The project will add fresh insights to the study of citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean since the constitutional reforms of 2010, investigating the role of cultural practices of sexual minorities in forging the islands’ sovereignty.