Guadeloupe, Dr. Francio

Francio Guadeloupe is a senior researcher and staff member of the KITLV. A Social & Cultural Anthropologist by training, Dr. Guadeloupe has worked at all the major universities in the Netherlands. He served for four years as the President of the University of St. Martin (USM), until hurricane Irma led to the temporary closure of the institution on the bi-national island of Sint Maarten and Saint Martin.

Guadeloupe’s principle areas of research have been on the manner in which popular understandings of national belonging, cultural diversity, religious identity, and mass media constructions of truth, continue to be impacted by colonial racisms and global capital. He has pursued these interests in his research and publications on social processes on the bi-national island of Saint Martin & Sint Maarten (St. Martin), Curaçao, Aruba, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Brazil, and the Netherlands. He is the author of the monograph, Chanting Down the New Jerusalem: Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean (University of California Press, 2009). Dr. Guadeloupe is currently embarking on a study of climate challenges in the (Dutch)Caribbean from a popular culture and cultural heritage perspective.

Selected Publications

With J. Halfman, J., ‘All-Inclusive Resorts in Sint Maarten and Our Common Decolonial State: On Butterflies That Are Caterpillars Still in Chrysalis’, in: J. Guibault, & T. Rommen (eds.), Sounds of Vacation: Political Economies of Caribbean Tourism, pp. 134-160. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.

With I. Romero, ‘Thou Shalt not Kill! Or Notes on Caribbean Music as Literary Text on Being Human’, Il Tolomeo; A postcolonial studies Journal, 1-20: 209-224. 2018. DOI: 10.30687/Tol/2499-5975/2018/20/014.

‘Acknowledging the Non-Ordinary Dimensions of Decoloniality: The Case of the Kingdom of the Netherlands’, in: M. F. Weiner, & A. Carmona Báez (eds.), Smash the Pillars: Decoloniality and the Imaginary of Color in the Dutch Kingdom, pp. 125-136. (Decolonial Options for the Social Sciences). Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018.

‘Paying Attention to ‘Spanish Radio Stations’ in the Netherlands: An Essay on the Potential of Urban Popular Culture as Anti-racism’, Etnofoor 30-2: 83-94.

With P. Geschiere, ‘Conclusion: Post-script on Sex, Race and Culture’, in: J. W. Duyvendak, P. Geschiere, & E. Tonkens (eds.), The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World, pp. 203-218. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53410-1_10.

With E. Wolthuis, ‘Appreciating Callaloo Soup: St. Martin as an appreciation of the compositeness of Life beyond the guiding fictions of racism, sexism, and class discrimination’, Revista Brasileira do Caribe, 17-32: 227-253. 2016.

With R. M. Allen, ‘Yu di Kòrsou, A Matter of Negotiation: An Anthropological Exploration of the Identity Work of Afro-Curaçaons’, in: J. W. Duyvendak, P. Geschiere, & E. Tonkens (eds.), The Culturalization of Citizenship: Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World, pp. 137-160. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-53410-1_7.

‘Superdiversity as the recognition of the ordinary mischievous sacred’, in: M. A. George, & S. S. Scatolini (eds.), Language, culture and education: a collection of papers in applied linguistics, cultural anthropology, and educational studies, pp. 21-28. Oman: Euro-Khaleeji research and publishing house, 2015.

With Y. van der Pijl, ‘Imagining the nation in the classroom: Belonging and nationness in the Dutch Caribbean’, Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 98: 87-98. 2015.

‘Reparaties als een hedendaagse uiting van de permanente revolutie: Een standpunt’, Bijdragen en Mededelingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 129-4: 106-117. 2014. DOI: 10.18352/bmgn-lchr.9865.

With V.A. de Rooij, ‘Pimping and the deconstruction of the natural: A perspective from Saint Martin and Sint Maarten (SXM), Women’s Studies International Forum 43:5-12. 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2013.07.020.

With V. A. de Rooij, ‘ The promise of a utopian home, or capitalism’s commoditization of blackness’, Social Analysis, 58-2: 60-77. 2014.
DOI: 10.3167/sa.2014.580204.

‘Curaçaons on the question of home: The lure of autochthony and its alternatives’, in: L. Lewis (ed.), Caribbean sovereignty, development and democracy in an age of globalization, pp. 189- 207. (Routledge advances in international relations and global politics 100). New York [etc.]: Routledge, 2013.

‘Chanting down the new Jerusalem: Calypso, Christianity, and capitalism in the Caribbean’, The anthropology of Christianity 4. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2009.

In the media

Maritiem Museum – Dialoog over koloniale kunst, 21  november 2020.

AD,Niet blij met een cadeau?‘, 21  november 2020.

Podcast – Transcript: In conversation with Francio Guadeloupe, October 2020.

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