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Inward Outward Symposium

The international symposium Inward Outward investigates the status of moving image and sound archives worldwide as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race.

Archives, assumed to be containers of memory, are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. We explore what “decolonizing” the archive - within and beyond the walls of established institutions - could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge. 

The symposium offers dedicated sessions focused on investigating coloniality, identity, memory and race. While these themes are broadly explored in the context of sound and moving image collections across geographies, the symposium also emphasises the position of Dutch identity in its various manifestations.

Keynote speakers

The programme includes special keynote lectures from prof. dr. Deborah Thomas and prof. dr. Gloria Wekker.

Bio Deborah A. Thomas

Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology, and the Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation, Exceptional Violence, and Modern Blackness. Thomas co-directed the documentary films Bad Friday, and Four Days in May, and she is the co-curator of a multi-media installation titled Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston. She is the editor of American Anthropologist.

Bio Gloria Wekker

Gloria Wekker is a social and cultural anthropologist, who earned her PhD degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992. She is professor emerita in Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Among her many publications is The Politics of Passion; Afro-Surinamese Women’s sexual Culture in the Black Diaspora (Columbia University Press, 2006), for which she won the Ruth Benedict Prize of American Anthropological Association in 2007. Her most recent book is White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (Duke University Press, 2016). Wekker has served as a government advisor in the fields of ethnic minority policy and of women’s emancipation. In 2015-2016, she chaired the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam, after the students’ and staff Occupation of the Central Administrative Building. She won the prestigious governmental Joke Smit Prize in 2017 for her efforts on behalf of the emancipation of black, migrant and refugee women. In 2019-2020, she will be a Guest Professor at the King Willem-Alexander Chair of Low lands Studies at the University of Liège, Belgium.

Programme Committee
Bas Agterberg (Sound and Vision) 
Esther Captain (KITLV) 
Alana Osbourne (KITLV) 
Rachel Somers Miles (Sound and Vision) 
Eleni Tzialli (Sound and Vision) 

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The Inward Outward symposium is organised by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, and is support by the Research Center of Material Culture.