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The Black Archives: Exploring the Politics of Black Dutch Radicals

  • Mitchell Esajas EMAIL logo and Jessica de Abreu
From the journal Open Cultural Studies


In this article, the authors introduce “The Black Archives”—an alternative archive consisting of more than 8,000 books, official documents and artefacts. The archive is a critical intervention, challenging dominant historical narratives, which tend to downplay histories of colonialism, slavery and their legacy. The authors explore how archival research and art can be used to make visible the histories that have been marginalised in dominant historical narratives. This is done with a case study: an exhibition based on archival research on two Black radicals, Hermina and Otto Huiswoud. The research reveals the history of the black and Surinamese activism in the Netherlands which intersects with global histories of the black radicalism.

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Received: 2018-09-06
Accepted: 2018-12-12
Published Online: 2019-05-13
Published in Print: 2019-01-01

© 2019 Mitchell Esajas et al., published by De Gruyter Open

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License.

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