CARIBBEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE NATION
Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao in a Regional Context
Alex Stipriaan, Luc Alofs, Fracio Guadeloupe (eds.)
Centuries of intense and involuntary migrations deeply
impacted the development of the creolised cultures on the Dutch Caribbean
islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. This volume describes various forms of
cultural heritage produced on these islands over time and whether these
heritages are part of their ‘national’ identifications. What forms of heritage
express the idea of a shared “we” (nation-building), and what images are
presented to the outside world (nation-branding)? What cultural heritage is
shared between the islands, and what are some real or perceived differences?
In this book, examples of cultural heritage ranging from
sports to questions of reparations, museums to digital humanities, archaeology
to music, language and literature to tourism, and visual art to diaspora
policies are compared to developments elsewhere in the Caribbean.
ALEX VAN STIPRIAAN was, until his retirement in late 2020 professor of
Caribbean History and Culture at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He published
extensively on (slavery) history, cultural heritage, and artists of Suriname
and the Dutch Caribbean.
LUC ALOFS (University of Aruba)
studied cultural anthropology and obtained a PhD as historian. He is senior
research lecturer at the Faculty of Arts & Science and a senior researcher
at the Aruba Institute for Good Governance and Leadership.
FRANCIO GUADELOUPE is an anthropologist and
senior researcher at KITLV-KNAW and an associated Professor in the Department
of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
English | paperback | 349 pages | Amsterdam University Press | Amsterdam | 2023
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