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Karwan Fatah-Black

Karwan Fatah-Black - jussi Puikkonen
Karwan Fatah-Black - jussi Puikkonen

(1981) is an assistant professor at the Institute for History at Leiden University. He received the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his study of formal and informal Dutch transatlantic trade during the Golden Age, especially the slave trade. Slavery, smuggling and illegal trade are important themes in his work. Fatah-Black is regarded as an expert on the history of slavery and engages in public discussions on this subject. For example, he gives public lectures, makes media appearances, and is a quiz master at the Kwaku Festival in Amsterdam's Bijlmer district and the Keti Koti (Broken Chains) Festival, an annual celebration of the abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles.

(Wn 2018)

Archive available for: Karwan Fatah-Black

  • Winternachten 2020 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Image-makers and image-breakers

    Decolonize the Mind 3: How does the process of decolonization unfold in the living room of the average television watcher, in the established historiography at universities, and in youth literature?

    During the Friday Night Unlimited program, several events will focus on the decolonization of the mind. How free is our mind, what does freedom mean, and are we truly free, or caught in the framework of our culture, society and history? This theme is partly based on the essay collection Decolonizing the Mind by the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o, in which he discusses colonized language and how its influence is still notable. Since he believes that language plays a constructive role in culture, history and identity, he arguest for "linguistic decolonization".

    A discussion between documentarian, writer and journalist Sunny Bergman, historian and lecturer at Leiden University Karwan Fatah-Black, and children's book writer and illustrator Mylo Freeman, best known for his Princess Arabella picture book series.

  • Winternachten 2018

    VPRO's OVT Live

    With: David Van Reybrouck, Ernst Reijseger, Jos Palm, Karwan Fatah-Black, Louise O. Fresco, Maarten van der Graaff, Madelon de Keizer, Nelleke Noordervliet, Paul van der Gaag, Rodaan Al Galidi, Wim Berkelaar

    Every Sunday morning, the topicality of history is the focus of one of the most popular radio programs in the Netherlands. Sunday morning 21 January 2018 OVT was broadcast, as usual, live from Winternachten festival in Theater aan het Spui.

    Writers from the Winternachten Festival, such as Louise O. Fresco and David Van Reybrouck, joined the live broadcast for interviews and discussion; famous musician Ernst Reijseger performed on cello. Further guests were Karwan Fatah Black, Madelon Keijzer, Nelleke Noorderliet and Wim Berkelaar. Hosts: Paul van der Gaag en Jos Palm. Program in Dutch.