On Monday the 2nd of December there will be a symposium named ‘Collaboration, Creativity and Change in the Imaginations of our Kingdom’, organized by the Imagining the Nation research group (NWO Caribbean Research Program). The meeting promises to be a creative exchange that explores and discusses issues of collaborative research and impact.

Feel free to join! See the program below.


Program December 2, 2019, @Volkshotel (Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam)
Attendance is free, but registration is required at j.halfman@uva.nl

10.00 Walk in with coffee, tea and cake.

10.20 Introduction by our hosts: Naomi van Stapele (International Institute of Social Studies) and Howard Komproe (artist).

10.30 Keynote ‘The Undercommons of the Concept’ by Stefano Harney, Honorary Professor at the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia.

 This talk will consider different aspects of sovereignty as it has developed as a force in the modern world. In particular it will ask how a dedication to collective study can combat the sovereignty of concepts. Reference will be made to figures from the ‘black radical tradition,’ _as Cedric Robinson named it, and will include Robinson, Huey Newton, and contemporary scholars Fumi Okiji, and Denise Ferreira da Silva. Implications will be drawn for pedagogy and research.
Responses from Aminata Cairo (Haagse Hogeschool) and Sruti Bala (UvA, tbc).

11.30: Introduction of artist Jörgen Gario and an invitation to join the creative process.

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Exchange 1 Collaboration for change within the Kingdom
As validation and societal impact have become vital aspects of a successful research proposal, multi-layered and multidisciplinary collaboration have become central to our subsequent studies. But who do we choose to collaborate with? Who decides what is considered valuable to whom? How can we remain critical as academics? How do we continue, or stop, our collaborations when our funding ends? And is there also space for theoretically driven research? This is an exchange with Jordi Halfman (UvA), Sanne Rotmeijer (KITLV), Stacey MacDonald (KITLV), Guno Jones (VU), Aminata Cairo (Haagse Hogeschool) and Arnold Lubbers (NWO, tbc). 

14.00: Coffee and tea

14.30: Exchange 2 Creativity as research
Creativity tends to be understood as an addition to our academic research. What happens when we understand creativity as research? And the other way around: what does it mean to understand research as creativity? Two films (one by Guiselle Martha-Starink and one by Nicole Sanches) will be the starting points for an exchange on how we may start to make sense of the inevitable movement of the everyday. This is an exchange with Guiselle Starink-Martha (UvA), Nicole Sanches (UU), Shamira Raphaela (film director), Mattijs van de Port (UvA), Wayne Modest (Research Centre for Material Culture) and Sarah Blokland (curator). 

16.00 Jörgen Gario performs

16.30 Interactive roundtable lead by Francio Guadeloupe (UvA) and Yvon van der Pijl (UU).

17.30 Drinks