Atelier KITLV crafts a space for cross-over experimentation between academics, artists, activists, writers, and journalists. Atelier KITLV works in close collaboration with Framer Framed and other organizations.
Atelier KITLV is inspired by a longer-standing interest in exploring colonial structures of knowledge – in which the institute was founded – and in seeking ways and forms of decolonizing knowledge. Atelier KITLV encourages and enables scholars working in the area specialisations of KITLV, i.e. Southeast Asia and the Caribbean world, as well as colonial and postcolonial history, and professionals working in the artistic and journalistic field, to collaborate and to learn from each other. It urges exploratory interventions into pressing societal debates and interrogations of dominant political or epistemic authority. It stimulates open, experimental approaches toward questions about human behaviour, meaning, data, and interpretation, creating opportunities to explore, and cross, the boundaries between different, socially, culturally or professionally determined ways of knowing.
It hopes to contribute to as to learn from artists, curators, writers, journalists, and activists engaging locally and transnationally with urgent matters of past and present, including racism, violence, differentiated citizenship, environmental degradation, and climate justice.