Postcolonial practices - tune in to the debate today
How to relate to a colonial past that has influenced today’s cultural institutions, universities and archives? What strategies do present-day researchers and artists employ to both acknowledge detrimental histories and ‘unlearn’ them? In Dutch and Norwegian society today, academic and artistic researchers, as well as artists, are trying to relate to the vestiges of their nations’ colonial pasts. Cultural theorist Ariella Azoulay encourages ‘companionship’ as a means to acknowledge and unlearn past oppression and its present-day repercussions. What could a practice of companionship mean for postcolonial Dutch-Indonesian and Norwegian-Sápmi relations?
Astrid Korporaal, PhD candidate at Kingston University researching experimental collaborative practices in contemporary moving image production and presentation;
Sadiah Boonstra, curator and cultural historian living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia;
Joar Nango, artist and architect who lives and works in Tromsø;
Ida Roland Birkvad (moderator), PhD student in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.