High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


Translating Quaco

How can we bring to the fore the names and stories of the marginalised of colonial exploitation? How can the stories of the Dutch colonial legacy find its way to an international audience? Henriette Louwerse and Duco van Oostrum at the University of Sheffield work with students to translate the national discourse of Dutch history and culture into a shared transatlantic story. Focal point is Quaco, the enslaved footboy of British-Dutch Captain John Gabriel Stedman.

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A Surinamese Marriage. John Gabriel Stedman and Joanna

The 'multicultural' love story of John Stedman and the mulatto slave Joanna in 18th-century Surinam is shown to have a double significance: on the one hand their relationship symbolises the power of love that makes it possible to overcome racial barriers, while on the other hand it is made painfully clear that in a colonial system without freedom there can be no question of true love.

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