Wigbertson Julian Isenia is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. His work focuses on the concepts of gendered and sexual cultures in Curaçao through an analysis of cultural articulations and practices such as archival collections, literature, theatre and cultural performance. He explores how these cultural practices and articulations engage with recent developments in sexual and gender minority rights, tourism, (neo)colonial relations with the Netherlands and its historical legacy. His 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 postcolonial intellectuals in the Netherlands. He co-curated the exhibitions Nos tei (Papiamentu for we are here or we exist) at IHLIA LGBT Heritage in 2019 and House of Hiv: the stories behind 40 years of community initiatives in 2022. He co-edited the special issue Sexual Politics between the Netherlands and the Caribbean: Imperial entanglements and archival desires in Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies in 2019.
Wigbertson Julian Isenia is currently (2022-2023) working group teacher in the course 'Theory and History of Anthropology' and coordinator of the course 'Anthropology of the Netherlands including the Caribbean' in the Department of Anthropology. He is also co-coordinator of the course 'Doing Diversity' in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.