Nancy Jouwe (b. 1967) is a cultural historian, lecturer, researcher, public speaker and one of the co-founders of Framer Framed. She has also been active in the NGO sector as a manager, director and cultural producer, with a focus on intersectionality, colonial history, arts, heritage and intercultural dialogue since 1993.
Jouwe was part of the establishment of the research project Mapping Slavery, a transnational research project that maps the Dutch colonial history of slavery. So, in 2017 she contributed to the publication Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage (with Dienke Hondius, Dineke Stam and Jennifer Tosch, LM Publishers/Washington University Press). As an activist Nancy Jouwe has been involved in with local squatters and transnational queer, indigenous, and women’s movements, incl. in SE Asia and the South Pacific since the 80s and 90s. She comes from a family of political refugees that fled Indonesia in the beginning of the 60s, as her father was a political leader in the Papuan independence movement. She wrote extensively about Papuan issues, including women’s rights and the Papuan diaspora.
Jouwe co-published several books, including Papua’s? Oja, die bestaan echt, hè? Een inventarisatie van de positie van Papuavrouwen in Nederland, 1958-1992 (with Marlise Mensink, 1993) and Caleidoscopische Visies. De zwarte, migranten- en vluchtelingenvrouwenbeweging in Nederland (with Maayke Botman and Prof. Gloria Wekker, 2000) and Paradijsvogels in de polder. Papoea’s in Nederland (KIT Publishers, 2012).
Until 2013, Nancy Jouwe was program director at Kosmopolis Utrecht, a platform that nourishes a dialogue between communities through art and culture, both nationwide and in an international context. Jouwe was also director of Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation in Utrecht. She is currently Chairwoman of BAK Supervisory Board, a base for art, theory, and social action.