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Dr W.G.S.J. (Julian) Isenia

Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18
Postal address
  • Postbus 93065
    1090 BB Amsterdam
Social media
  • Profile

    Wigbertson Julian Isenia is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) supervised by prof. dr. R.K. (Rivke) Jaffe, dr. S. (Sruti) Bala and dr. R.M. (Rose Mary) Allen. 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'. His work centers on the concepts of gendered and sexual citizenship beyond their legal conceptualization in Curaçao and Bonaire through an analysis of cultural articulations and practices such as archival collections, literature, theatre, and cultural performance. He investigates how these cultural practices and articulations grapple with recent developments pertaining to sexual and gender minority rights, tourism, the colonial relationships with the Netherlands, and their historical legacy. Publications include ‘Looking for kambrada: sexuality and social anxieties in the Dutch colonial archive, 1882-1923,’ Tijdschrift voor genderstudies 22 (2): 125–143. This article received an honourable mention for the Gregory Sprague Prize for an outstanding article on LGBT+ and/or queer history selected by the Committee on LGBT history (2020). His first book, The Question of Dutch Politics as a Matter of Theatre: Theatre and Performance after the 2008 Financial Crisis (Tectum Verlag) was published in 2017. His other publications focus on LGBT movements in the Netherlands and the former Netherlands Antilles, queer archives, cultural practices and post-colonial intellectuals in the Netherlands.

  • Publications



    • 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]


    • 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. [details]


    • Isenia, W. G. S. J. (2021). Queer sovereignties: Re-imagining sexual citizenship from the Dutch Caribbean. In C. Schields, & D. Herzog (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism (pp. 274-282). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


    • Colpani, G., & Isenia, W. 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: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics (pp. 213-230). (Frontiers of the political). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details]



    • Isenia, J. (2020). Honorable mention for The Gregory Sprague Prize.
    • Isenia, J. (2018). University of Amsterdam 385 years grant.
    • Isenia, J. (2018). Arts/Science: Academy Honours Programme for Young Artists and Scientists.
    • Isenia, J. (2018). ​Decade Innovation Award​.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Peeren, E. (speaker), Isenia, J. (speaker), Stelder, M. (speaker), Yamomo, m. (speaker) & Titus, B. (speaker) (27-11-2021). Activism, Academic Research and Decoloniality, The Future of the Dutch Colonial Past, Amsterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (5-12-2019). IQMF: Who Speaks for Who, IQMF: Who Speaks for Who, Amsterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (15-11-2019). Inclusiviteit en kwesties rondom positionaliteit?: een publieke reactie op het onderzoek 'koloniale en slavernijverleden van Rotterdam' van het KITLV, Kennisproductie (Onderzoek), Inclusiviteit en kwesties rondom Positionaliteit, Rotterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (22-9-2019). The Uselessness of Art Tijdens Kunstroute Leiden, The Uselessness of Art tijdens Kunstroute Leiden, Leiden.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (10-9-2019). Pride History, Pride History, Rotterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (16-6-2018). Holland Festival: Stadium - Mohamed El Khatib, Holland Festival: Stadium - Mohamed El Khatib, Amsterdam.


    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Colpani, G. (organiser), Mepschen, P. (chair), van der Scheer, I. (participant), Schields, C. (participant) & Captain, E. (participant) (12-11-2019). Presentation special issue, Amsterdam. Presentation special issue ‘Sexual politics between the Netherlands and the Caribbean: Imperial entanglements and archival desires' (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Sneeuwloper, M. (organiser), Hemelaar, I. (organiser), van den Hoonaard, L. (organiser) & Schram, K. (organiser) (26-10-2019). Queer History Talk, Amsterdam. Queer History Talk: SUHO (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), van Geel, J. (organiser) & PArnell, R. (chair) (15-8-2019). Zine making workshop with Rae Parnell as part of Nos tei exhibition., Amsterdam. Zine making workshop with Rae Parnell as part of Nos tei exhibition. During this intimate workshop attendees will get the tools to create their own (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (20-6-2019 - 22-6-2019). 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Madrid (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Sneeuwloper, M. (organiser), van den Hoonaard, L. (organiser), Hemelaar, I. (organiser) & Schram, K. (organiser) (3-3-2019). Queer History talks, Amsterdam. Phd candidate Wigbertson Julian Isenia is co-curating a series of talks - Sharing Stories – Queer History Talks - at the Amsterdam Museum. The next (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • 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 (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (28-3-2018 - 30-3-2018). 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago. 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. 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 (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (4-8-2016 - 5-8-2016). Conferentie ‘Proud in Europe?’, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


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