An interview with Quinsy Gario, by Camilla Hawthorne and Lisanne Snelders, about the contestations surrounding the Dutch black-face holiday character Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). The interview was recorded on 11/17/14 for “Blackness in European Folklore – The Dutch Case: Black Pete,” a panel discussion held at UC Berkeley on 12/4/2014.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46Ik3Yviwo]
In the following presentation, Dr. Markus Balkenhol discusses the cultural history of Zwarte Piet. Dr. Balkenhol is a postdoctoral fellow in Ethnology at the Meertens Institute of Dutch language and culture in Amsterdam and is also a postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University. He received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His dissertation, “’Tracing Slavery: An Ethnography of Diaspora, Affect and Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam,” explores the commemoration of slavery in the Netherlands with a focus on the relationships of public or collective expressions of colonial heritage and their visceral and intimate experience in the formation of political subjectivities in the Netherlands.
Dr. Balkenhol’s talk was prepared for “Blackness in European Folklore – The Dutch Case: Black Pete,” a panel discussion held at UC Berkeley on 12/4/2014.
This event was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Dutch Studies Program at the Department of German, De Nederlandse Taalunie, the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, the Netherlands America University League of California.
H/T: Camilla Hawthorne’s YouTube channel