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

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Libertas est naturalis

Image in titel page of Corpus Iuris Civilis from 1560, Biblioteca Digitale Universitá di Bologna The foundations of the ruling that took place on the third of July of seventeen hundred thirty six in The Hague, regarding an appeal conducted by Maarten Hempel, the legal representative of Paulina Meyer, the widow of Jan Ellis, against … Continue reading Libertas est naturalis

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

Ancient Freedom: The Batavian Myth

Emanuel van der Hoeven published his anti-Orangist Holland’s Ancient Freedom, without the Stadholderate in 1706, after the death of William III and during the second stadtholderless period. The book is a criticism of the office of stadholderate (the head of state of the Dutch Republic), which van der Hoeven considered a danger to the long-standing … Continue reading Ancient Freedom: The Batavian Myth