(De)Constructing Spaces

  • Thursday 20 January
  • 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Free event
  • Location:  3D on campus
  • Audience: everyone interested in the topic
  • Language: English and Nederlands
  • Contact organiser: 3D@vu.nl
  • Register

Just an exhibition on colonial entanglements is not enough. What else is needed to address the coloniality of the VU Amsterdam, and to really start the process of decolonisation? Join the conversation in 3D. 

We talk with Dean Susan Legene and historian Wim Manuhutu on power, decolonisation and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and reflect with Vrije Universiteit writer Babs Gons. Let us know what you need and see as needed to make Vrije Universiteit a truly inclusive university.
What is our relation to the colonial past? And to the consequences of it in the present day? Which steps are necessary to make the VU Amsterdam a truly inclusive university? Which hidden colonial stories are entangled with the university? And how do the heritage collections come into play?

This meeting is part of the exhibition (De)Constructing Spaces – colonial entangledments in the VU heritage collections, shown till 15 February in the Heritage display (next to the entrance of the Library, HG 1e floor) and online.
The exhibition showcases the colonial entanglements of objects and documents in the heritage collections. It connects the stories of World maps, the Amsterdam based brewery of VU-financer Willem Hovy, bills for mrs. Idenburg-Deutz in now-named Bogor (Indonesia), involved students in the Netherlands and Papoea, and Christmas cards of the Moravian Church, with large scale colonial power dynamics.

(De)Constructing Spaces is produced by Gyonne Goedhoop (Counter/Narratives) and Liselotte Neervoort (Vrije Universiteit university library), with special thanks to Danny Soekarnsingh (Vrije Universiteit Diversity Office) and Quinsy Gario (Vrije Universiteit Faculty of Humanities).