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For the second Submerged Heritage event, Nadine King Chambers gives a talk on the interrelationships between Black Caribbean and Indigeneous peoples, through the entry point of Tahitian breadfruit brought by ship into the Caribbean.

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19:30 – 21:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut3.75

Nadine King Chambers

An Afro-Caribbean raised by working class grandparents and a librarian mother in Jamaica, Nadine King Chambers has spent the last 25 years in the semi-rural and urban Pacific West Coast of Canada. Her formalised studies have been primarily hunting colonisation in the areas of gender/law/resource management, literature, and Indigenous studies. She left formal school in 2012 to remain ungovernable and free to travel between subjects, languages and transatlantic thought paths.

Submerged Heritage

Submerged Heritage is a research project that pivots around the Brokopondo water reservoir in Suriname by Daphne Bakker, Miguel Peres dos Santos and Vincent van Velsen. Officially named by Dutch colonial rulers as the Professor Doctor Ingenieur W. J. van Blommestein Meer, the 1560-m2 water reservoir, which flooded one-third of the Brokopondo province, is the result of the construction of the Afobaka Dam (1961-1964). The construction of this hydraulic power plant, meant to power one single aluminium smelter of Alcoa Corporation, resulted in the flooding of 28 villages and the forced eviction of 5000 people, most of them from the Saramaccan Maroon communities who lived along the Suriname river. The research aims to critically investigate, through a focus on the Afobaka dam, how Dutch colonialism is intertwined with global capitalism, highlighting aspects such as environmental destruction, extraction of resources, displacement, and socio-political and cultural annihilation.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.