The research project
The constitutional transition of 10-10-10 generates a need for the various Dutch Caribbean islands to reimagine ideologies and senses of belonging and nationness attentive to their specific internal and external dynamics.
This research projects aims to extend broader discussions on borders and the politics of belonging by rethinking notions of the nation-state, political subjectivity and belonging through the non-sovereign Dutch Caribbean islands. The concrete goal is to study and compare the making and remaking of ideologies of belonging and nationness in primary schools on the islands of Sint Maarten, now a ‘separate country’ within the Kingdom, and Sint Eustatius, a ‘public entity’ directly administered by the Hague.
The research consists of three subprojects. The post-doctoral project explores how belonging and nationness are imagined, narrated and experienced within the non-sovereign territories of the Dutch Caribbean (subproject 1). The PhD projects aim to study and compare politics and feelings of belonging in primary schools on Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius (subproject 2 and 3).