No Grounds for Freedom

Part 1: Nos ta Bai Hulanda  There is a children’s song in Papiamentu in which the Netherlands is made synonymous with the prospect of ‘a better life’. It goes like this:   https://vimeo.com/358802422   There are slightly different versions of the song. Sometimes the ribbon is green. Sometimes it’s white, but the destination is always … Continue reading No Grounds for Freedom

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The Price of Freedom: Manumission and the Status of ‘Freed’ Slaves

“If I can say it. Let me. I think that Blacks in the Diaspora feel captive despite the patent freedom we experience, despite the fact that we are several hundred years away from the Door of No Return, despite the fact that the door does not exist.” — Dionne Brand One of the aims of … Continue reading The Price of Freedom: Manumission and the Status of ‘Freed’ Slaves

First research meeting: Architecture | 19 of February at 13:00 | Het Nieuwe Instituut

Architecture | 19 February 2019 13:00 | Het Nieuwe Instituut  Photo: Sven Van Haezendonck Legal architecture—the courthouse and the courtroom—provides legal discourse to a proper space, and as such it is an essential factor for understanding the complexity of space. Legal architecture provides not only a structure, a space, an almost sanctified place for the … Continue reading First research meeting: Architecture | 19 of February at 13:00 | Het Nieuwe Instituut

Transcript of the ruling of the case against Claes by The High Court in The Hague on the 23 of June of 1736

  English translation (for Dutch scroll down)On the 23rd of June 1736, Report f20 of the claimant, pled before the council, Mr. de Grande Claes, where possible assisted in his need by Mr Hermanus Noortkerk, committed to him from 25 November 1735, for his appeal to the court of law of the city of Amsterdam, … Continue reading Transcript of the ruling of the case against Claes by The High Court in The Hague on the 23 of June of 1736