The third of three small-scale Research Meetings at Het Nieuwe Instituut, in the context of the research project Geographies of Freedom, initiated and developed by Egbert Alejandro Martina and Miguel Peres dos Santos.
The collaborative research project Geographies of Freedom, initiated and developed by Egbert Alejandro Martina and Miguel Peres dos Santos, investigates the ways in which geography, architecture and the law produce, maintain, and spatialise freedom. It consists of a publication, a film, an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a series of public events, centered around the questions “What is freedom and what constitutes a free life?”
The third of the three Research Meetings in the context of the project is about Geography. As the project's initiators put it:
"We explore the ways in which “uselessness” and the trope of “bottomless pit” has become associated with the Dutch Caribbean islands. We analyse how anti-black and capitalist frameworks informed how the geography of the Dutch Caribbean islands were interpreted and defined and how state policy continues to reproduce the islands as both “financial drains” and “resources.” Geography has been used as a social construct to shape and define space for Afro-Caribbean people. How have Afro-Caribbean people construct through place-making activities their own sense of geography?"