Mikki Stelder has been awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship for the project Maritime Imagination: A Cultural Oceanography of The Netherlands.
Mikki will develop a multi-era and interdisciplinary approach to the study of maritime worlds, imaginations and entanglements of Dutch empire and colonialism and their contemporary articulations and repercussions. Applying an oceanic perspective, her aim will be to show how a maritime frame – rather than a land-based frame – engenders new ways of theorizing the formation of Dutch empire and colonialism and their intersecting socio-political, legal, cultural, environmental and economic discourses in a global context.
For the first two years of the project, Mikki will venture to the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and work under the auspices of Professor Renisa Mawani at the Department of Sociology and the Social Justice Institute. For the last year, she will return to ASCA to complete the project and organize an exhibition and symposium called Thinking with Oceans Today.