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Dr. W.G.S.J. (Julian) Isenia

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Profiel

    Wigbertson Julian Isenia is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. His work focuses on the concepts of gendered and sexual cultures in Curaçao through an analysis of cultural articulations and practices such as archival collections, literature, theatre and cultural performance. He explores how these cultural practices and articulations engage with recent developments in sexual and gender minority rights, tourism, (neo)colonial relations with the Netherlands and its historical legacy. His publications include 'Looking for kambrada: sexuality and social anxieties in the Dutch colonial archive, 1882-1923', Tijdschrift voor genderstudies 22 (2): 125-143. This article received an honourable mention for the Gregory Sprague Prize for an outstanding article on LGBT+ and/or queer history selected by the Committee on LGBT history (2020). His first book, The Question of Dutch Politics as a Matter of Theatre: Theatre and Performance after the 2008 Financial Crisis (Tectum Verlag) was published in 2017. His other publications focus on LGBT movements in the Netherlands and the former Netherlands Antilles, queer archives, cultural practices and postcolonial intellectuals in the Netherlands. He co-curated the exhibitions Nos tei (Papiamentu for we are here or we exist) at IHLIA LGBT Heritage in 2019 and House of Hiv: the stories behind 40 years of community initiatives in 2022. He co-edited the special issue Sexual Politics between the Netherlands and the Caribbean: Imperial entanglements and archival desires in Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies in 2019.

  • Teaching

    Wigbertson Julian Isenia is currently (2022-2023) working group teacher in the course 'Theory and History of Anthropology' and coordinator of the course 'Anthropology of the Netherlands including the Caribbean' in the Department of Anthropology. He is also co-coordinator of the course 'Doing Diversity' in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

  • Publicaties



    • Isenia, W. J. (2017). The question of dutch politics as a matter of theatre: Theatre and performance after the 2008 financial crisis. (AGENT – Amsterdam/Gent New Theses in Performance Research; Vol. 8). Marburg: Tectum Verlag. [details]


    • Isenia, W. J. (2016). The global trajectories of queerness: Re-thinking same-sex politics in the Global South: [Review of: A. Tellis & S. Bala (2015) The global trajectories of queerness: Re-thinking same-sex politics in the Global South]. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 19(4), 480-484. https://doi.org/10.5117/TVGN2016.4.RECE [details]


    • Isenia, W. G. S. J. (2022). Love and Compassion amid Many Adversities: On Black, Queer Archival Practices. In R. S. Miles, A. Osbourne, E. Captain, E. Tzialli, A. Benedicty-Kokken, A. Fischer, & W. Modest (Eds.), Inward Outward, Emotion in the Archive: A Publication o the 2021Inward Outward Symposium (pp. 16-19).


    • Isenia, W. G. S. J. (2021). Queer sovereignties: Re-imagining sexual citizenship from the Dutch Caribbean. In C. Schields, & D. Herzog (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism (pp. 274-282). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


    • Isenia, W. G. S. J., & Steinbock, E. A. (2020). Magical Terms: On Defining and Positioning the “Decolonial” and “Queer” in Archival Practices. In R. S. Miles, A. Osbourne, E. Tzialli, & E. Captain (Eds.), nward Outward, CriticalArchival Engagements with Sounds andFilms of Coloniality: A Publication ofthe 2020 Inward Outward Symposium (pp. 9-12).


    • Colpani, G., & Isenia, W. J. (2018). Strange Fruits: Queer of Color Intellectual Labor in the Netherlands in the 1980s and 1990s. In S. Ponzanesi, & A. J. Habed (Eds.), Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe: Critics, Artists, Movements, and their Publics (pp. 213-230). (Frontiers of the political). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. [details]



    • Isenia, J. (2020). Honorable mention for The Gregory Sprague Prize. http://clgbthistory.org/prizes/gregory-sprague-prize
    • Isenia, J. (2018). University of Amsterdam 385 years grant.
    • Isenia, J. (2018). Arts/Science: Academy Honours Programme for Young Artists and Scientists.
    • Isenia, J. (2018). ​Decade Innovation Award​.



    • Peeren, E. (speaker), Isenia, J. (speaker), Stelder, M. (speaker), Yamomo, m. (speaker) & Titus, B. (speaker) (27-11-2021). Activism, Academic Research and Decoloniality, The Future of the Dutch Colonial Past, Amsterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (5-12-2019). IQMF: Who Speaks for Who, IQMF: Who Speaks for Who, Amsterdam. https://www.lab111.nl/movie/iqmf-who-speaks-for-who/
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (15-11-2019). Inclusiviteit en kwesties rondom positionaliteit?: een publieke reactie op het onderzoek 'koloniale en slavernijverleden van Rotterdam' van het KITLV, Kennisproductie (Onderzoek), Inclusiviteit en kwesties rondom Positionaliteit, Rotterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (22-9-2019). The Uselessness of Art Tijdens Kunstroute Leiden, The Uselessness of Art tijdens Kunstroute Leiden, Leiden.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (10-9-2019). Pride History, Pride History, Rotterdam.
    • Isenia, J. (speaker) (16-6-2018). Holland Festival: Stadium - Mohamed El Khatib, Holland Festival: Stadium - Mohamed El Khatib, Amsterdam.


    • Isenia, J. (participant), Wood, S. (participant), Chalu, M.-J. (participant), Boateng, R. (participant), Flink, U. (participant) & Mochtari, S. (organiser) (6-6-2022). Making Black Archives in Europe, Paris. Making Black Archives in Europe (participating in a conference, workshop, ...). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfy-XjMrWQ
    • Isenia, J. (participant), Schields, C. (participant) & Martis, J. (participant) (2022). The politics of sexuality: sexual cultures and regulation in the Dutch Caribbean, Online (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant), Schields, C. (participant), Ewing, C. (participant), Jacob, E. (participant), Schaper, U. (participant) & Shields, A. (chair) (2021). Beyond Vanilla History: Global Decolonization and the Routes of Sexual Revolution, Online (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Colpani, G. (organiser), Mepschen, P. (chair), van der Scheer, I. (participant), Schields, C. (participant) & Captain, E. (participant) (12-11-2019). Presentation special issue, Amsterdam. Presentation special issue ‘Sexual politics between the Netherlands and the Caribbean: Imperial entanglements and archival desires' (organising a conference, workshop, ...). https://www.ihlia.nl/presentatie-speciale-editie-tijdschrift-voor-genderstudies-imperial-entanglements-and-archival-desires/
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Sneeuwloper, M. (organiser), Hemelaar, I. (organiser), van den Hoonaard, L. (organiser) & Schram, K. (organiser) (26-10-2019). Queer History Talk, Amsterdam. Queer History Talk: SUHO (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), van Geel, J. (organiser) & PArnell, R. (chair) (15-8-2019). Zine making workshop with Rae Parnell as part of Nos tei exhibition., Amsterdam. Zine making workshop with Rae Parnell as part of Nos tei exhibition. During this intimate workshop attendees will get the tools to create their own (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (20-6-2019 - 22-6-2019). 26th International Conference of Europeanists, Madrid (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (organiser), Sneeuwloper, M. (organiser), van den Hoonaard, L. (organiser), Hemelaar, I. (organiser) & Schram, K. (organiser) (3-3-2019). Queer History talks, Amsterdam. Phd candidate Wigbertson Julian Isenia is co-curating a series of talks - Sharing Stories – Queer History Talks - at the Amsterdam Museum. The next (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (3-4-2018 - 6-4-2018). Critical Thinking in Curaçao and the Construction of Forgetting, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (28-3-2018 - 30-3-2018). 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago. PhD Candidate Wigbertson Julian Isenia will present at the 25th International Conference of Europeanists: Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant), Röttger, K. E. (participant) & Zangl, V. (participant) (18-2-2018). Lecture Gender and Sexuality in Curaçaoan Theatre, Amsterdam. The Department of Theatre Studies and the NWO-funded project 'Cultural Practices of Citizenship under conditions of Fragmented Sovereignty: Gendered (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Bala, S. (organiser) & Isenia, W. G. S. J. (organiser) (27-3-2017 - 28-3-2017). Sexual Politics in Colonial Curaçao, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Isenia, J. (participant) (4-8-2016 - 5-8-2016). Conferentie ‘Proud in Europe?’, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


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