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Framer Framed

5 Apr 2017 – 18:00

Lecture: Rose Mary Allen - Oral history as autobiography

Location: Framer Framed exhibition space Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Language: English Entry: Free

Framer Framed is pleased to welcome Dr. Rose Mary Allen, for the next event in our open lecture series in collaboration with the chair Dutch-Caribbean Literature of the UvA. The series deals with the influence of colonialism and Dutch imperialism on literature and visual arts in the former Dutch colonies (see below for a full overview).

In her lecture, Dr. Rose Mary Allen will look at oral history as autobiography in the context of Curaçao. Many of the available written accounts, including literature, of formerly colonized countries represent dominant colonial views of the time. Alternative perspectives and cultural oral traditions were silenced & ignored, and have scarcely been recorded or written down. Rose Mary Allen talks about her oral history research and looks at oral history as a tool to give people a share in writing their own past and present.

Open lecture by Dr. Rose Mary Allen –
Oral history as autobiography: Exploring Curaçaoan-Cuban intra-Caribbean migration narratives

Oral history has been increasingly recognized both in a wide range of disciplines within academia aswell as outside, as a valuable contribution to record the historical experiences of ordinary people.

In reconstructing the past of people who historically have been excluded from historiography, oral history challenges the focus of mainstream historiography on political elites and gives working class people a share in writing their own history.
In Allen’s presentation she will look at the Curacaoan oral histories of intra-Caribbean migrations as autobiographical practices, which play an emancipating role in the democratization of historiography and serve as a means for both social and political empowerment.

Reading oral history as self-narratives, the questions which arise are; what types of insights can we get from data? Are these oral histories initiated and largely driven through dialogue with the interviewer really autobiographies in which the narrators construct rational, emotional, and social, yet independent selves?

Dr. Rose Mary Allen is a cultural anthropologist and part time lecturer at the University of Curaçao dr. Moises da Costa Gomez. She has published on the oral history of former enslaved people of the Dutch Caribbean islands. Her publications include ‘Di Ki Manera’: A Social History of Afro-Curaçaoans, 1863–1917 (2007); and “The Oral History of Slavery, Afro-Curaçaoan Memory, and Self-Definition: A Caribbean Perspective on the 300th Anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht,” In: Sargasso: Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, & Culture I & II (2014): 135-152.

SAVE THE DATE: more upcoming lectures in this series:

Fri 7 April: The work of Charl Landvreugd & Patricia Kaersenhout
Tue 11 April: Sara Blokland – About the Srefidensi project, photo archives and memory & identity in her work [EN] Fri 14 April: Paul Faber – Moderne kunst in het Caraïbisch gebied [NL] NEW: Wed 19 April — Iwan Sewandono, on Indonesian painters in the 20th century
Fri 21 April: Ellen de Vries – Nola Hatterman & de kunst in Suriname [NL]

The visit of Rose Mary Allen to the Netherlands is made possible by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Rose Mary Allen will  give a lecture and workshops at Atria on 28 & 29 March: Unheard Voices: Critical Perspectives on Oral History | Workshop.

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Lecture: Ellen de Vries - Nola Hatterman and art in Surinam
Lecture by researcher and publicist Ellen de Vries, about the work of Nola Hatterman in Amsterdam and Suriname.
Lecture: Iwan Sewandono - The outframed framed in: modern Indonesian Painters
Lecture by anthropologist Iwan Sewandono, on modern Indonesian painters in the Dutch Indies, in the 1930s and after.
Lecture: Paul Faber - Modern Surinamese Art, 1945-1980
Lecture (in Dutch) on modern Surinamese art, by art historian & publicist Paul Faber.
Lecture: Sara Blokland - Srefidensi and the reproduction of a family history
Lecture by Sara Blokland, about her art and the the project SrefidensiFoto, photo archives and the role of memory and identity in her work.
Lecture: The work of artist Patricia Kaersenhout and artist Charl Landvreugd
Artists Patricia Kaersenhout & Charl Landvreugd will each present a lecture on their artistic practice.
Lecture: Gábor Pusztai on the work of László Székely
Lecture on the work by artist László Székely, who lived and worked in the former Dutch Indies.
Lecture: Remco Raben - The modern art & literature of the Indies/Indonesia
In this lecture, Remco Raben will discuss the cultural discourses in Indonesia in the 1940s and 1950s.
Lecture: Caroline Drieënhuizen - Musea in the Dutch East Indies
To what extent are museums reflective instrumental in the creation of colonial narratives, histories and national identities?
Open lecture series: Influence of colonialism on artistic expressions in former Dutch colonies
March/April 2017.