In recent years, the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition has become increasingly controversial due to the figure of Zwarte Piet. For a lot of Dutch people the festivities are related to warm and sentimental childhood memories, family holidays and a sense of belonging. For a growing group of opponents to the figure of Zwarte Piet however, it brings up memories of a hurtful past of colonialism and slavery. Moreover, it mirrors the still present, yet hidden and institutionalised racism and inequality.
Last year we hosted the symposium: The story of Zwarte Piet on how the tradition could create such a social dichotomy and commotion. With this year’s symposium we are focusing on the public ‘framing’ of Zwarte Piet. We strive to analyse the public debate, the different understandings of the historic origins and multiple interpretations of the figure.
With the event we aim to facilitate dialogue and a deeper understanding of the surrounding uproar. Academics and artists will share their ideas from different perspectives, explore the current ‘framing’ and recent developments.
Free entrance. Registration for workshops and symposium required.
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17.30 – 18.15 Registration
18.15 – 18.25 Welcome
18.25 – 18.35 Introduction to the evening by Mitchell Esajas
18.35 – 19.30 Workshops/lectures round 1
19.30 – 20.00 Break
20.00 – 20.15 Artistic intermezzo
20.15 – 20.35 Lecture by Isabel Hoving on Blackfacing
20.35 – 21.35 Workshops/lectures round 2
21.35 – 22.00 Conclusion and wrap up of the evening
The symposium will be held in building B/C of the Roeterseiland Campus, lecture hall C1.04 at the Valckenierstraat 59, 1018 XE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
To register, click HERE.