In August 2010 former dictator Desi Bouterse was elected president of Suriname. He immediately announced that the country’s foreign policy as of now would focus on the Caribbean and Latin America rather than on the former metropole, the Netherlands. In the year after his election, the influence of Venezuela and Hugo Chávez are noticeable in Paramaribo, where a parallel state without parliamentary control is being created. This is generally presented as a new phenomenon in Suriname. In this presentation, we will explore whether this development does not have deeper roots in the history of independent Suriname.
Speaker: Rosemarijn Hoefte, KITLV
Rosemarijn Hoefte (KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) is currently working on a social history of twentieth-century Suriname. Her other project is a biography of the first Surinamese female politician and social activist Grace Schneiders-Howard (1869-1968). In 2010 she coordinated a one-year project collecting life stories of Javanese migrants in Suriname, Indonesia, and the Netherlands.
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Time: 17:00 – 19:30
Venue : Room 102 (Senate House, 1st Floor)
Senate House, South Block, 1st Floor . Malet Street London WC1