After the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles, the six islands remain locked in the postcolonial imbroglio resulting from their rejection of full sovereignty. Against the advantages inherent in the asymmetrical link to the metropolis, there are constraints to the insular populations’ autonomy and identities. The constitutional reforms may have deepened the ambivalence of Antillean citizens and politicians towards the Netherlands, while high levels of immigration raise other questions about insular belonging. The ‘Confronting Caribbean Challenges‘ project will analyze the intersection of (recent) political reforms, often intensive migrations, and current practices of governance on four of these islands.
The focus is on the least-studied islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, but the approach is comparative. This project utilizes a three-tiered multi-disciplinary framework linking the past (historical development of hybrid identities), the present (governance, migration and citizenship issues), and the future (sustainable tourism capitalizing on natural and historical heritage). The three sub-projects will combine an historical perspective, contemporary empirical data and fresh insights into the literature on governance and identity in small-scale polities, emphasizing the variables of non-sovereignty and high-intensity migration. The project will feed into ongoing debates about governance, insular identities, and local agency.
CCC newsletter #2 – June 2015
CCC-Newsletter#3 – September 2015
CCC-Newsletter #4 – December 2015
CCC-Newsletter #5 – March 2016
CCC-Newsletter #6 – July 2016
CCC- Newsletter #7– September 2016
CCC- Newsletter #8 – February 2017
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25 July 2015 | The Bonaire Reporter (Stacey Mac Donald): ‘Protecting the nature and cultural heritage on Bonaire (p. 15)’
19 July 2016 | Saba News: ‘Stacey Mac Donald seeks participants for scientific research on cultural heritage‘
20 April 2016 | Radiostatia PJB-50 92.3 FM (Stacey Mac Donald): Radio interview during the Shedding Light a Government Information Service Program on St. Eustatius
25 June 2015 | Saba News: ‘Dutch Researcher visits Saba for psychological programme‘
13 May 2015 | Daily Herald: ‘Social, cultural history study of the Windward Islands starts’
8 April 2015 | Antilliaans Dagblad: ‘Onderzoek van KITLV naar eilanden’
3 April 2015 | NTR Caribisch Netwerk: ‘Groot onderzoek naar Caribische Rijksdelen‘
2 April 2015 | Dichtbij Nederland: ‘Interview with KITLV researchers about project on the Caribbean‘
24 March 2015 | Antilliaans Dagblad (Wouter Veenendaal): ‘Groeiende onvrede met nieuwe status’
23 October 2014 | NPO Radio 1 Vandaag (Gert Oostindie): ‘Curacao wil van Nederlandse invloed af’
23 October 2014 | Volkskrant: ‘Gouverneur tussen twee vuren’
October 2014 | Idee (Gert Oostindie): ‘Decentralisatie overzee‘
23 September 2014 | Antilliaans Dagblad (Wouter Veenendaal): ‘Het democratisch tekort in ons Koninkrijk, een oplosbaar probleem‘ (pp 8)